Update, 4:25 p.m.
Mary Flanagan, an employee at I Can't Believe It's Yogurt, two storefronts down from International Wine & Spirits, said she arrived to work at 2:30 p.m.
"There were quite a few cop cars," she said. "They had two dogs here and when I came in, she [a coworker] was sitting at the table — three different cops came in and asked if she saw anything."
This is Flanagan's second week on the job. She said she is not afraid for her safety.
A lone black male with a medium build wearing blue jean shorts and a black hoodie sweatshirt walked into the located at 750 Straits Turnpike in Middlebury, allegedly displayed a handgun and demanded money, according to Middlebury Police Lt. Richard Wildman.
The suspect than fled the scene on foot after reportedly taking between $400 and $500 in cash. The female clerk was not injured, but was shook up over the reported robbery, police said.
Middlebury Police responded and were assisted by the Connecticut State Police Troop A in Southbury as well as police officers from the Naugatuck Police Department.
The immediate area was searched for the suspect but the suspect was not found, Lt. Wildman said.
Two police K-9s were deployed for tracking — one Connecticut state police dog from Troop L in Litchfield and the other from the Naugatuck Police Department, which was just coming on shift.
Based on the dog track, it is believed that the suspect after the robbery was picked up in the rear area of the plaza. The area is known as the Drubner Center which is part of Post University, police said.
Police are reviewing surveillance tapes from several businesses in the area.
"Being so hot outside, police feel someone would have taken note of the hooded sweatshirt being worn by the suspect," Lt. Wildman said.
If anyone saw anyone suspicious or any suspicious vehicles in the area at the time of the robbery or has any information, they are urged to call Middlebury Police at 203-577-4028.
Officer Todd Adams is the investigating officer.