Man convicted in 2015 armed robbery of Cobb CVS store

A man allegedly involved in what authorities call a multi-state crime spree has been sentenced to 40 years for the armed robbery of a CVS store in Cobb County.

Roscoe Pugh, 31, was sentenced Friday by Cobb County Superior Court Judge Reuben Green to a total of 40 years, 20 of which he will have to serve in prison and the rest on probation, the District Attorney’s Office said.

A Cobb County jury took about an hour to convict the Atlanta resident of two counts of armed robbery and one count of aggravated assault, the office said.

Three men wearing masks entered a CVS store at 800 East West Connector in Austell around 2:30 a.m. Oct. 12, 2015. Two of the men who were armed forced two employees on the ground and stole cash drawers from the registers. They also took a purse belonging to one of the employees, prosecutors said.

As they were leaving, a customer walked into the store, and the District Attorney’s Office said a gun was pointed at the woman. The masked trio left the scene.

While Cobb police were investigating the robbery, they learned the FBI was investigating five robberies of Walgreens in Florida. In those cases, the cash drawers were taken from the stores by armed men whose faces were covered with masks, prosecutors said.

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FBI agents placed a GPS tracker on the vehicle involved in the robberies, which was also the same getaway car used in the Cobb County incident. The car was registered to Pugh’s mother. A search warrant was executed at the Pugh home and officers found evidence tying Pugh to the crime, including a purse taken from the Austell CVS employee.

“The evidence is overwhelming that this defendant is a dangerous criminal, and I am relieved the jurors agreed,” said Assistant District Attorney Rachel Hines, who prosecuted the case with Senior Assistant District Attorney Shepard Orlow.

The District Attorney’s Office said Pugh has pending federal charges against him for the crimes he allegedly committed in Florida. Jared Jackson Davis, 31, of Conyers, has also been charged in the Cobb robbery, but the third man has not been identified.

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