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Shotgun-wielding bandits hit FW, Haltom City stores

HALTOM CITY — Police appealed for help in identifying two men — one of whom was armed with a double-barrel shotgun — involved in the robbery of a convenience store early May 22.

The same two men could be responsible for a store holdup in Fort Worth that happened just minutes before the Haltom City robbery, police said.

Police released photographs of the bandits in the Haltom City holdup that are from a store surveillance camera.

Authorities also released a photo of a third man who investigators believe may have been a lookout for the bandits.

That man entered the Stop-n-Go in the 4600 block of Western Center Boulevard about 2:15 a.m. May 22, walked around the store and then bought a lighter, police said.

The surveillance camera then recorded two men walking into the store at 2:18 a.m.. One was armed with the shotgun, police said. The other suspect carried a pink backpack, police said.

Both men covered their faces with shirts, police said.

The unarmed bandit handed the backpack to a clerk and ordered him to put all the money from the register and safe in it, police said.

The bandits got an undisclosed amount of money from the register, but the clerk could not open the safe, police said. The robbers also took a box of cigarettes, police said.

At about 2:20 a.m., the men left the store and jumped into a dark colored small truck, possibly a Chevy S10 or Ford Ranger, police said.

As officers were on the scene, a Fort Worth officer drove up and reported that a 7-Eleven in 3500 block of Heritage Trace Parkway in Fort Worth had just been robbed by bandits who matched the descriptions of the suspects in the Haltom City case.

Anyone with information on the holdups are asked to call Haltom City police at 817-222-7000.