Men wearing black-and-white bandannas robbed two Fort Worth businesses Monday afternoon and early Tuesday morning, and police were checking to see if the same suspects were involved in both crimes.
The first one was reported 4:45 p.m. Monday at Simply Fashions in the 6700 block of Meadowbrook Drive, said Lt. Paul Henderson, police spokesman, in a news release.
Employees told police that two men entered the business wearing the bandannas over their faces, Henderson said.
"One of the men was toting a shotgun," Henderson said. "The two ordered the employees to the back of the store and demanded money from the safe.
"The man with the shotgun pressed the barrel against the head of an 18-year old employee while she fumbled with the combination until the safe was open."
The men took an undetermined amount of money from the safe and left without hurting anyone, Henderson said.
He added that the first robber was described as a black male, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 190 pounds. He was heavy set, with short hair and wore the black-and-white bandanna, blue jean shorts, and a dark blue shirt.
The other also was black, 6 feet 2 inches tall, 170 pounds, thin, bald and wearing a black-and-white bandanna, black pants, and a white or tan shirt. He was the one with the shotgun, Henderson said.
The second robbery was reported at about 1:30 a.m. at the Waffle House in the 6300 block of Interstate 35W.
Responding officers met with the manager who said four men entered the restaurant. The men, all described as black, wore "dark jackets, white and black bandannas, and blue jeans," Henderson said.
"One of the suspects jumped over the counter and took cash from a register," Henderson said. "The other suspects took jewelry and money from two customers.
"One of the victims reported seeing the handle of a gun in one of the suspect's waistband."
Robbery investigators are looking into whether the four are also suspects in the Simply Fashions robbery on Meadowbrook Drive, Henderson said.
Anyone with information about either crime can call robbery detectives at 817-392-4370 or call Crime Stoppers at 800-469-TIPS. All calls are confidential and callers may be eligible for rewards, Henderson said.