A lone male thief entered Maplefields Mobil gasoline station and convenience store in downtown Middlebury Feb. 9 and demanded cash from a store clerk. At approximately 10 p.m., the male made the threat and told the clerk that an accomplice was outside the store with a weapon. The robber left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. The holdup man was described by the Maplefields clerk as a caucasian, 56 to 57 in height, medium build, wearing a navy blue hooded sweatshirt with a green Gator scarf pulled over his face and baggie blue jeans and sneakers. Vermont has witnessed 19 store holdups so far in the new year with most of the crimes occurring in Chittenden County. Burlington Police said storekeepers there were being asked not to be heroes by arming themselves to fight off robbers. However, two clerks in the Burlington area said they were not afraid to defend themselves and would shoot intruders. Middlebury Police Department officials ask eyewitnesses who may have been at Maplefields, prior to or during the time of the Feb. 9 holdup, to contact police at 388-3191.