Clerk alerts customer to robbery by writing "911" on her hand
A man was caught while allegedly robbing a Twin Falls payday loan store over the weekend after a clerk alerted another customer to the robbery.
"The employee told police the man walked around the counter, pointed a black gun at her and said 'money,' the report states," according to the Alison Gene Smith with the Magic Valley Times-News. "As the employee was opening the safe, the customer with [a] child entered the store. According to the report, the cashier attempted to act normal and began to help the customer. She then used a pen to write '911' on the palm of her hand and showed it to the customer."
The customer then reportedly called 911 and hung up. When the 911 dispatcher called back she excused herself and explained the situation and police were called to the scene.
Ricardo Meraz-Terriquez, 21 of Jerome, allegedly left the store with $3,400 in cash but was later spotted walking on Blue Lakes Blvd. in Twin Falls, according to Smith. The money was found in his pockets and he was larer identified by the clerk. Meraz-Terriquez was arrested on a charge of Robbery and is being held on a $50,000 bond.