Madison, WI -A convenience store clerk who saw two masked men enter the store via surveillance camera locked himself in the store's office, thwarting the crook's attempts to get into the cash register, police said.
The attempted robbery happened at about 10:40 p.m. Wednesday night at the Stop-N-Go store at 6202 Schroeder Road, the Madison Police Department said.
"The clerk was in the office just before closing time when he looked at the monitor and saw two masked men enter the otherwise empty store," said police spokesman Joel DeSpain.
The clerk locked the office door and called 911, police said.
"He stayed on the phone with the dispatcher while watching the robbers move through the store via the monitor," DeSpain said.
When one suspect reportedly attempted to open the office door, the clerk yelled that the police were on their way.
"The two crooks fled," DeSpain said. "The clerk said they didn't get into the cash register, but a couple of cigarillos could be missing."
The clerk told police he thought the men were armed, but he didn't see a weapon.
There were no descriptions of the suspects provided.