2 robbers stole, then wrecked street sweeper in north Fort Worth

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Police are searching for robbers who stole a street sweeper early Monday just north of the Stockyards and then wrecked it a few blocks away.

The robbery occurred about 3:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the Fiesta store near the intersection of N.E. 28th and North Main streets, according to a Fort Worth police report.

Robbery Sgt. Joe Loughman said a 23-year-old man had gotten out of his Ford pickup, which pulls the sweeper, to move something out of the way when he was approached by two males.

One of them began to speak to the pickup driver, who continued to work. Then he was struck from behind, and one of the assailants jumped into the truck, Loughman said.

The pickup driver jumped onto the hood to try to stop the robbery. The robber in the truck put it in reverse and hit something, which caused the pickup driver to hit his head on the windshield. Loughman said.

One of the robbers drove off in the truck, but the victim didn’t know what happened to the second robber, Loughman said.

The pickup and sweeping equipment were found wrecked a few blocks away in the 2900 block of Clinton Avenue. The vehicle apparently was disabled when it hit a curb, police said.

The pickup driver was hospitalized for his head injury but it was not considered life-threatening, police said.

Detectives were looking for the robbers on Monday.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655 Twitter: @deannaboyd

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