TWIN FALLS — Police have arrested a Twin Falls man suspected of robbing — or attempting to rob — two Addison Avenue businesses in recent weeks.

Clarence Meek, 55, is suspected of walking into Dairy Queen on Dec. 18 and telling the woman working behind the counter to empty money from the cash register into a bag. The employee told police that Meek claimed to have a gun in his pocket, according to court documents. Meek denies saying this or threatening the clerk in any way.

Police believe Meek is also behind the attempted burglary of a Phillips 66 gas station one week later. According to a police affidavit, Meek asked the clerk to give him all the money in the register. When she said no, he said he was joking and attempted to purchase some cigarettes, but his card was declined.

Later, Meek admitted to police that he would have taken the money if the Phillips 66 clerk had complied with his request.

Detectives found Meek by following up on leads from the community, police said.

“The Twin Falls Police Department received a number of tips from our community following initial press releases regarding these two crimes,” said Staff Sgt. Chuck Garner in a statement.

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Meek was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Twin Falls County Jail.

He was arraigned Thursday on a charge of robbery and two counts of burglary, with bond set at $500,000.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 12.

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