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Robbers strike twice on opposite sides of Fort Worth

FORT WORTH -- Robbery detectives are investigating two holdups that happened within 45 minutes of each other Tuesday night, but they don't believe the crimes are related, a police spokesman said.

The first one happened at about 9 p.m. when two men entered the Long John Silver's restaurant, 5355 E. Loop 820, and stood by the front door, watching the parking lot.

One of the men approached the counter, pulled a pistol on the cashier and demanded money, said Lt. Paul Henderson, the spokesman.

"As the 40-year-old stunned employee fumbled with the register, another employee appeared from the back of the kitchen," Henderson said. "The gun was suddenly trained on him as he was ordered by the suspect to lie down on the floor."

After taking the cash from the register the two men left the business, Henderson said.

Surveillance cameras recorded the them leaving in a small dark truck, possibly a Mazda, Henderson said.

One robber was described as a white man, early 20s, 5-feet-9-inches tall and 145 pounds. He was unshaven, wore a black coat with blue jeans and was armed with a semiautomatic handgun.

The other robber was a white man who wore a dark hooded sweatshirt.

"He served as the lookout for the heist," Henderson said.

Robbery detectives, he said, will try to get copies of videos from the surveillance cameras.

The other robbery happened about 9:45 p.m. at a Q Mart convenience store, 2100 Ridgmar Blvd.

The store is on the west side of the city, about 14 miles from where the Long John Silver's was robbed in east Fort Worth.

In the second robbery, a man entered the store, grabbed a 24-ounce can of beer and went to the counter where he confronted the 49-year-old manage, Henderson said.

"The suspect reached into his coat pocket and retrieved a handgun," Henderson said. "He told the clerk, 'Give me all the money.'"

The manager cooperated, but the gunman demanded more money, Henderson said.

"The manager showed the suspect the empty register which prompted the perpetrator to order him to the floor," Henderson said. "The man then left the store with an undetermined amount of money."

Henderson said the suspect was a white man, mid 20s, 5-feet-10-inches tall and 160 pounds. He wore a blue Dallas Cowboys jacket, black gloves, and a navy blue toboggan cap.

"He is not believed to be involved with the robbery that occurred at the Long John Silver's," Henderson said.

Anyone with information about either crime can call detectives at 817-392-4370 or Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous and they might be eligible for a $1,000 reward, Henderson said.