Thief only gets cigarettes when store clerk doesn’t hand over cash, Madison police say | Crime

A thief got away with only cigarettes when a store employee didn’t hand over the cash as he demanded, Madison police said.

Around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, a man walked into Kwik Trip, 3528 E. Washington Ave., wearing a black mask and a gray hoodie over his head. The man asked the seller for a pack of Newport cigarettes and when the seller called the purchase, the suspect demanded that the seller give him all the money from the register, Lt. Jennifer Hannah said in a statement.

The employee thought the suspect was joking so he continued to ring the cigarettes, and when the suspect again asked for money, the employee still did not cooperate and, in frustration, the man grabbed the cigarettes and ran away from the store, Hannah said.

No weapons were seen, but one was implied, Hannah said.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 608-255-2345. Tipsters can remain anonymous by contacting Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014 or P3Tips.com. People who contact Crime Stoppers can receive a reward of up to $1,000 for tips that lead to an arrest.

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