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Fort Worth auto parts store robbed 2nd time in two weeks

An auto parts store was robbed late Thursday by a man who one worker said may be the same person who robbed the business two weeks ago, police said.

The robbery happened around 10:25 p.m. at the AutoZone, 2900 W. Cleburne Road, a few blocks east of Texas Christian University, when a masked man dressed in blue entered the store with a handgun.

He ordered an employee and a customer to transfer money from the cash registers into a plastic AutoZone bag, said Lt. Paul Henderson, police spokesman.

They "did as told," Henderson said.

"Another employee was outside emptying the trash and when he returned inside he, too, was ordered at gunpoint to locate a pry bar and pry open the safe," Henderson said.

That employee started to cooperate, but the other worker opened the safe before the pry bar was needed, Henderson said.

"Once the safe was open the suspect ordered all three to lie on the floor as he ran out of the front door," he said.

It was unclear how much money was taken.

One worker "told police that he believed the suspect was the same one who robbed the store about two weeks ago," Henderson said.

The suspect was described as a black man in his early 20s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 190 pounds, Henderson said. The man wore a blue beanie, dark blue shirt, dark blue sweatpants, dark shoes, and gloves.

"His mouth and nose were covered with a dark cloth," Henderson said.

Anyone with information can call robbery Detectives at 817-392-4370 or Crime Stoppers at 800-469-TIPS.