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Fort Worth robber asks for cigar, then the cash

FORT WORTH -- This robber is no cigar aficionado, police say.

A robber who targets convenience stores under the ruse of buying a cigar has struck again, police say.

The latest robbery occurred about 5:45 p.m. Thursday at the Bino Food Mart, 311 N.W. 25th Street. Police say the robber approached the store clerk, asked for a cigar and then handed the employee a dollar bill to pay for it.

When the clerk opened the register, the man pulled out a pistol, reached over the counter and grabbed a handful of cash before fleeing on foot, police said.

Police are trying to determine if surveillance cameras inside the store recorded the robbery.

Lt. Paul Henderson, police spokesman, said the man is believed to have been the same robber who committed at least six similar robberies. They include Sunday’s robbery of Bob’s Food Mart at 4938 Jacksboro Highway.

Anyone with information is asked to call robbery detectives at 817-392-4370 or Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS. Crimestoppers if offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Callers may remain anonymous.

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