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2 robbers hit Fort Worth gas stations, restaurant

FORT WORTH -- Two armed men with a penchant for cigarillos robbed two Fort Worth gas stations and a fast-food restaurant within a couple hours early Monday morning.

The first robbery happened at 1:45 a.m. at the Exxon/Tiger Mart gas station in the 6100 block of S. Hulen Drive. The suspects, wearing white bandannas, entered the store, displayed guns, and demanded money from the register, said Lt. Paul Henderson, a police spokesman. The gunmen also took the clerk’s personal items and some cigarillos -- short, narrow cigars -- before fleeing on foot in an unknown direction, Henderson said.

About 45 minutes later, police said they believe the same men held up a QuickTrip in the 300 block of Clifford Center Drive. In that incident, the two suspects, one wearing a white T-shirt and jeans and the other wearing a black T-shirt and jeans, entered the store with a gun, Henderson said. Again, they demanded money from the register and took some cigarillos.

About 3:30 a.m. two men brandishing a firearm entered a Whataburger restaurant in the 3000 block of Western Center Blvd. and took money from the register and ordered everyone to give up their cash. As they exited the fast-food restaurant, witnesses reported hearing a couple of guns shots.

“No one was injured and we’re not sure what the gunshots were about, other than shooting into the air like some kind of Wild West flick,” Henderson said.

Henderson said the suspects ran behind an adjacent 24-hour Fitness facility. They were still at large Monday morning and the case remains under investigation.