Prosecutors say Safeway bank robbing suspect had meth addiction

A 25-year-old man who was arrested at his mother’s Hillsborough home after robbing a Safeway bank kiosk does not have a significant criminal record, but does have a methamphetamine addiction, prosecutors said.

Matthew Zazzara needed money to “feed” his addiction when he handed a bank teller a note that read, “I have a gun. Give me all your hundreds and fifties,” before robbing $850, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

Detectives said they tracked down Zazzara to his mother’s home in the upscale town of Hillsborough on July 6. The robbery occurred about two weeks earlier, police said.

Cops were tipped off by residents who recognized Zazzara as the man in an image published in local newspapers regarding the robbery. The image came from security camera footage captured during the course of the crime at the Sequoia Station Safeway in Redwood City, cops said.

Zazzara, who was also staying at an address in Burlingame, later confessed to the robbery, Redwood City police Detective Ed Feeney said.

The teller and other witnesses also identified Zazzara in a police lineup, prosecutors said.

Though the note indicated a gun was present at the time of the robbery, none was seen, witnesses told cops.

Zazzara was set to appear in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing on the felony charges. He remains in custody on $50,000 bail.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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