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Suspect in Halloween-masked robbery arrested

Nicholas Allen Lackey

Nicholas Allen Lackey

Prescott police booked Nicholas Allen Lackey, 21, of Prescott into the Yavapai County Jail Friday night on felony charges of burglary and robbery in connection with a robbery earlier that day, said Prescott Police Lt. Ken Morley.

At 1 p.m., a man wearing a dark-hooded sweatshirt, gray pants and a Halloween mask, walked behind the service counter at The Verizon Store on Gail Gardner Way and took money out of the cash register, Morley said.

When the man was confronted by a female employee, he told her he was robbing them, Morley said.

Investigators identified Lackey, a former employee of the store, as a suspect in the robbery, and linked him to a previous burglary at the store on Aug. 20, Morley said.

"A second suspect who assisted Nicholas Lackey in the August 20 burglary was arrested at his home in Prescott this morning," Morley said Tuesday. "He is identified as 20-year-old Matt Eisenberg. He was questioned and later booked into Yavapai County Jail."

Eisenberg was charged with burglary, Morley added.

Investigators searching for Lackey stopped him for speeding at Penn Avenue and East Gurley Street about seven hours after the robbery, according to a police report.

Lackey was also arrested on felony charges of transporting marijuana for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving on a suspended license.

After a K9 alerted on the car, the officer reportedly found a backpack containing 21 grams of marijuana in four plastic baggies, a scale with marijuana residue on it, and a hollow pen tube with burn marks on one end and a black residue inside.

Officers also confiscated a notebook with possible ledger notes for drug sales, and $1,080 in cash in Lackey's right sock.

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