A man who had just bought a pack of cigars at about 8:20 p.m. Tuesday at a north-side convenience store seemed content with his purchase and was headed for the door.
But then he stopped, returned to the counter and said, "Give me all your money."
The clerk at LJ's Food Store, in the 800 block of Northwest 28th Street, at first thought it was a joke, said Lt. Paul Henderson, police spokesman.
"But the suspect was not amused," Henderson said. "He produced a pistol and pointed the barrel of the gun at the employee who quickly opened the register then slowly backed away.
"The suspect reached over the counter and into the cash box, grabbing a fist full of dollars. He then walked out of the store and across the parking lot with an undetermined amount of money."
The clerk, who was not hurt, told police that the gunman was black, 5 feet 11 inches tall and about 150 pounds. No arrests were reported Wednesday morning.
About an hour later in southwest Fort Worth, a woman was closing out the cash register at the new Dollar General store in the 4300 block of Bryant Irvin Road.
The woman heard the front door open, Henderson said, and then some said, "Hurry up."
"She turned around to find a gun pointed at her and three men standing together," Henderson said.
The man with the gun wore a black hooded sweatshirt with a blue bandanna covering his face. He told her to empty out the registers, Henderson said.
"The store clerk apparently was not moving fast enough so the crook reached in and took the cash from the drawers," Henderson said.
The trio left the store with an undetermined amount of money, Henderson said.
"Thankfully no one was injured," he said. "In an ironic twist, surveillance cameras are scheduled to be installed today."
The clerk told police that the first suspect was a black male in his early teens; he was 5 feet 7 inches tall and about 150 pounds. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt, blue paisley bandanna, blue jeans and white shoes.
Another suspect was a Hispanic male, late teens, who was dressed the same as the first man, but without a bandanna. The third person was only described as a black male, Henderson said.
Anyone with information about either robbery can call robbery detectives at 817-392-4370 or Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS. All calls are confidential and information leading to arrests could result in a $1,000 reward, Henderson said.