Gumby wannabe loses money trying to rob 7-Eleven

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Instead of get­ting any cash from a 7-Eleven, a Gumby suit-wearing rob­ber in the San Diego area ended up 26 cents poorer early Labor Day.

With his hands raised over his head, the green slab of clay went into the Ran­cho Peñas­qui­tos, Cal­i­for­nia store with another man (who wore nor­mal clothes) at about 12:30 a.m., store sur­veil­lance video shows.

The Gumby imper­son­ator first asked for a pack of cig­a­rettes but then told the clerk, “This is a rob­bery,” said Detec­tive Gary Has­sen of the San Diego police. Con­sid­er­ing his approach a joke, the clerk replied, “Come on man, don’t waste my time. I have things to do,” adding that he had to clean up.

How­ever, “Gumby” declared that he was seri­ous and had a gun. He then tried reach­ing in his pocket as if he were look­ing for a weapon.

The cos­tume caused con­sid­er­able dif­fi­culty. The sus­pect fum­bled around for a few min­utes, then gave up and walked out, said Has­sen. “Gumby” left with even less money than he had com­ing in, as he left behind 26 cents that fell from his pocket, Has­sen added.

Mean­while, the green-costumed guy’s accom­plice had gone out­side. He was in a white or sil­ver mini­van, honk­ing the horn.

The clerk thought the whole thing was a joke, and hadn’t heard of the Gumby char­ac­ter. He didn’t report the inci­dent until 6 a.m., when the store man­ager arrived. The man­ager then noti­fied police, Has­sen said.

The store’s sur­veil­lance cam­eras caught every­thing. “Yeah, it’s hilar­i­ous to look at it on the video,” said Has­sen. “But, it is a very seri­ous crime and we take it very seriously.”

Wear­ing a Gumby cos­tume is no dif­fer­ent than any other dis­guise that would-be rob­bers could wear, Has­sen added. “It could have been a ski mask. It could have been a ban­dana. It could have been a hoodie. It just hap­pens to be a Gumby costume.”

The clerk was seen on video lean­ing down to pick up the loose change that the Gumby imper­son­ator dropped. He told his boss that the cos­tume resem­bled a green ver­sion of the Sponge­Bob SquarePants.

Gumby” was described as tall and green, with a wedge-shaped head.

His friend was described as white, about 18 to 22 years old, 5’6 to 5’8″ tall, and between 150 and 160 pounds. He had black hair, and was wear­ing a gray cap, a dark hooded sweat­shirt and dark blue shorts.

Both men could both face felony charges of attempted rob­bery if arrested, Has­sen said.

Of sev­eral San Diego cos­tume shops con­tacted, the only one with a Gumby cos­tume was the Buf­falo Breath Cos­tume Com­pany, which received Gumby cos­tumes Tuesday.

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for infor­ma­tion lead­ing to the arrest of the “Gumby” rob­ber and his accomplice.

Any­one with infor­ma­tion is asked to call San Diego Police at (619) 531‑2000.

Mean­while, at least three other inci­dents of con­ve­nience store rob­bers dressed as car­toon char­ac­ters have been reported this summer.

In Okla­homa City, police are look­ing for two masked men — one wear­ing a Spider-Man mask — who allegedly robbed Fred’s Food Mart on August 5. In video taken by the store sur­veil­lance cam­era, the Spidey fan is shown point­ing a gun at the clerk. Accord­ing to NewsOK.com, his part­ner can be seen wear­ing a blue mask.

Two weeks ear­lier, a man dressed as Nick­elodeon char­ac­ter Sponge­Bob SquarePants allegedly robbed a 7-Eleven in the Orlando, Florida area. And in July, a man wear­ing Sponge­bob pajama bot­toms robbed a Fam­ily Dol­lar Store in north Har­ris County, Texas.

Back in 2003, a sus­pect wear­ing Sponge­Bob socks was arrested for try­ing to rob a bank of $30,000. The male was 12 years old at the time.


Yes, this image from a secu­rity video shows the main sus­pect in Monday’s attempted rob­bery of a San Diego-area 7-Eleven.

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