Matthew James Colozzi.

Cobb man robbed pharmacies of prescription drugs, cops say

A Marietta man accused of robbing an East Cobb pharmacy in April has been charged with similar incidents reported at two other pharmacies, according to police.

Matthew James Colozzi, 40, has been at the Cobb County Jail since April 14 following his arrest for allegedly robbing Walgreens at 2580 Sandy Plains Road. Cobb and Kennesaw police now say he’s the man behind two additional armed robberies at CVS Pharmacies in their jurisdiction. 

In the April 14 incident, Colozzi walked into the store, passed a note to an employee stating he was armed with a handgun and demanded oxycodone and Xanax, according to police.

He ran from officers after he was given commands to stop and “continued to resist arrest after being tased,” an arrest warrant said. The warrant also alleges Colozzi was found in possession of a metal spoon with suspected heroin on its surface. 

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The other armed robbery Cobb detectives have obtained arrest warrants for is an April 11 incident at CVS at 3930 Shallowford Road. According to the warrant, Colozzi entered the store, passed a note to the clerk telling her he was armed with a knife and a .38-caliber firearm and demanded she hand over the “high-dose” OxyContin, Xanax and Adderall. Colozzi left the scene on foot after receiving the drugs.

Kennesaw police have also linked Colozzi to the April 7 robbery of CVS Pharmacy at 2782 Cobb Parkway North. In that case, Colozzi entered the store, brandished a knife and demanded an employee give him “all the OxyContin you have in stock,” according to a warrant issued in that case.  The employee refused the request and Colozzi left the store on foot. 

Colozzi is now charged with three counts of armed robbery and one count of each of probation violation, aggravated assault, possession of a schedule I controlled substance, obstruction and possession of a firearm/knife during the commission of a crime. He is being held at the jail without bond.

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