Shoppers and customers were evacuated from the Walmart in Southington following an attempted robbery on Friday morning.
Police said all employees of the Queen Street store were brought outside around 8 a.m. The store was also closed during the investigation.
Police said he walked right up to one of the registers with a bottle of iced tea. As the clerk attempted to ring him up, the suspect lifted his shirt and showed a handgun tucked in his waistband.
"She's walking out of the store and as she's walking out she hears a cashier say someone stop him," said Matthew Jedynak, whose wife and 4-year-old son saw the incident. "He's trying to rob us. He has a gun."
Police said the suspect then demanded money. The clerk yelled and caused the suspect to flee without any cash.
"Yeah, yeah yeah, I have a guy inside my store with a gun," 911 caller told the dispatcher.
Jedynak said the suspect actually spoke to his wife and young child.
"At that moment is when the suspect is right next to her shoulder to shoulder and he just looks at her and she just looks at him and he says she's crazy...very casually as if nothing is going on," Jedynak said.
The unidentified man was seen entering a light blue Scion TC that was in the parking lot. Jedynak's wife said the suspect's vehicle was right next to her.
"To walk in at this time of day when people are around in broad daylight on a holiday weekend, it is a brazen act," Jedynak said.
Eyewitnesses were able to provide information on the vehicle's plate. It was described as an out-of-state plate bearing the numbers 300 and an unknown combination of three letters.
Police said no one said they saw which way on Queen Street the driver fled.
Everyone was evacuated from the store as a precaution and no one was injured. People were let back inside later in the morning and the store resumed its normal operations.
"Either way I'm glad for the outcome and what was something turned into nothing," Jedynak said.
Officers said the suspect was a man wearing jeans, a blue baseball cap and a two-tone grey shirt with blue sleeves. He stood 5'8" tall, weighed between 160 and 170 pounds and had a well-trimmed beard and hair.
Eyewitness News did reach out to Walmart's corporate office to see if they were stepping up security, but they didn't return the station's calls.
Police released a surveillance photo to the media on Friday in hopes of locating the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Southington Police Department at 860-378-1649.
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