Employee, friend arrested for robbing Glendale movie theater

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A Glendale movie theater employee and a friend are facing felony charges for reportedly robbing the box office twice in two months.

Glendale police Sgt. Brent Coombs said a man wearing a Halloween mask held up the AMC at Arrowhead Towne Center on Sept. 13 and Oct. 13.

Working with AMC Corporate, detectives discovered that employee Joseph Cota, 21, conspired with a friend to rob the theater.

Coombs said during both robberies, Cota was working at the box office when Matthew Grob, 21, approached and demanded money. In the first robbery, Grob wore a hockey mask with a hooded jacket and the second time he wore a mask with a bloody disfigured face.

Glendale police arrested the two suspects in the "Too Early for Halloween Bandit" robbery series after searching the suspects' homes and finding evidence linking them to the crimes.

Both suspects confessed and were booked on felony charges.