Police said the call came in as a robbery, but in the end the clerk said she was actually up $1.
The 21-year-old store clerk said two men entered the Open Pantry, 1412 Pflaum Rd., at about 8 a.m. Saturday.
One was asking her directions when she noticed the other had slipped behind the counter and into an office where she had been counting the store's cash, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.
The clerk quickly saw the money was gone and demanded the second man give it back as she was calling police.
Police said the clerk sternly made the demand twice, and the thief threw down a pocket full of bills.
He and his accomplice fled in an older, light blue Chevy Lumina.
The clerk recounted the cash and determined there was an extra dollar, meaning the criminal must not have been completely broke and commingled his personal money with the money he was stealing, according to the incident report.
Police said one of the men was described as a black man in his 40s to 50s, standing 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 180 to 190 pounds. He had facial stubble and was wearing a light blue sweater with a gray design and dark pants, police said.
Police said the second man was described as a black man in his 40s to 50s, standing 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 230 to 250 pounds. He had facial stubble and was wearing a black shirt and dark pants, police said.