Gumby” suspect and pal get probation for robbery

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A man accused of attempt­ing to rob a San Diego-area con­ve­nience store dressed as Gumby was placed on pro­ba­tion Wednes­day for three years.

Jacob Kiss, 19, was sen­tenced in San Diego Supe­rior Court. Jason Giramma, 20, received the same pro­ba­tion sentence.

Each pleaded guilty Wednes­day to one count of mis­de­meanor bur­glary. The case involved a 7-Eleven in Ran­cho Peñas­qui­tos, California.

Their pleas were entered by their lawyers. Nei­ther sus­pect appeared in the court­room Wednesday.

Both men will be allowed to with­draw their pleas and may have their cases dis­missed if they com­ply with all terms of pro­ba­tion — and show proof in six months that they’ve got­ten jobs, done vol­un­teer work or enrolled in school. They’ll have to show “that they’ve got­ten their lives on track,” Deputy Dis­trict Attor­ney Ramin Tohidi said out­side the courtroom.

Police and pros­e­cu­tors say that Kiss walked into a 7-Eleven at about 12:30 a.m. on Sep­tem­ber 5 dressed as the famous Clay­ma­tion boy. He walked to the counter and told the clerk, “This is a rob­bery.” The clerk thought it was a joke.

Although Kiss then reached into his pocket, his bulky green cos­tume gave him trou­ble. He fum­bled for a few moments, then gave up and walked out of the store — with no new cash, but minus 26 cents that had fallen from his pocket.

While Kiss fum­bled, the plain­clothes Giramma had already exited and was wait­ing in a minivan.

The store’s sur­veil­lance cam­era caught the strange incident.

About a week later, the two sus­pects turned them­selves in at San Diego police head­quar­ters. They brought the Gumby suit, which detec­tives confiscated.

Kiss and Giramma were released that day. Five years later, the Dis­trict Attorney’s Office filed mis­de­meanor charges.

Com­mis­sioner Robert Rice accepted the court­room please. He ordered the men to report to county jail Decem­ber 4 to be booked, then released.

Giramma plans to join the mil­i­tary, defense attor­ney Matthew Koken said.

[Via San Diego Union-Tribune — www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/nov/23/gumby-suspect-accomplice-plead-guilty/]

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