Suspect previously robbed Covington bank (May 10, 2011)
A Conyers man who was arrested for robbing the SunTrust bank on Ga. Highway 138 on May 5, was denied bond in Rockdale Magistrate Court on Wednesday.
Conyers Police Department Sgt. Chris Moon told the court that James Cozine, 26, was found hiding in kudzu and overgrown vegetation at the end of Northlake Drive behind Intown Suites after the robbery was called in at about 3:30 p.m. on May 5.
According to Moon, three witnesses saw Cozine come into the bank and show what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol - which turned out to be a BB gun - and order the bank teller to give him money.
Cozine reportedly said to the teller, ‘If I have to jump over this counter, I will hurt you.'"
He then took the cash and fled on foot. Three witnesses followed, telling CPD on the phone where Cozine was headed.
Cozine was later found, shot with a Taser as he tried to escape and arrested.
Moon testified that Cozine told investigators that on the previous Sunday his car had been towed away by Conyers police due to unpaid auto insurance and "that was the final straw."
This is the second time Cozine has been arrested for bank robbery charges. He was arrested, tried and convicted for the 2005 robbery of the FNB bank in Newton County. When he was arrested in 2005, police had reportedly found plans in his car to rob another bank in Conyers.
He was sentenced to two and a half years of prison time by a federal judge for a charge that usually gets "10 years or more," according to CPD Lt. Jack Dunn.
Rockdale agencies reportedly plan to prosecute Cozine in Rockdale County for the May 5 robbery.