SAN DIEGO — A man in a Gumby suit tried to rob a Rancho Peñasquitos convenience store early Monday but failed to do anything more than lose some change.
The costumed character and another man walked into the 7-Eleven on Carmel Mountain Road near Paseo Montalban about 12:30 a.m., San Diego police Detective Gary Hassen said.
Store surveillance video shows the man coming into the store in the green costume with his hands raised over his head.
The man in the suit walked up to the counter and said “This is a robbery” to the clerk, Hassen said. The employee thought it was a joke and responded that he had to clean and did not have time for him.
The would-be robber insisted that he was serious and then tried to reach in his pocket as if he were looking for a weapon, Hassen said.
He was stymied by the costume though and after fumbling around for a few minutes he gave up and walked out leaving behind 26 cents that fell from his pocket.
In the meantime, the man’s friend had already gone outside and was in a white or silver mini van honking the horn.
The clerk thought the incident was a prank and did not report it until 6 a.m. when the store manager came in.
The manager then notified police, Hassen said.
Gumby’s accomplice was described as white, about 18 to 22 years old, 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 8 inches tall and between 150 to 160 pounds with black hair. He was wearing a gray cap, a dark hooded sweat shirt and dark blue shorts.
If apprehended both men could both face felony charges, Hassen said.
Welp, this just made my day. Check this cat out! HAHAHA. Your robbery attempt, Mr. Gumby sir, was so bad…that the clerk didn’t report it because he thought it was a joke. Your getaway driver was outside honking for you… in a mini-van I might add, not realizing you couldn’t get to your weapon, because you were busy dropping 26 cents on the floor. Yes, 26 cents. Details like this, are what make this story gold. Check out how he walks in too… “Wadddup! Gumby in the HOUSE! Put cha hands up, bitches!”
So great. So, so great. Thanks, Gumby. Oh, and that video by ABC Channel 10 is the worst piece of crap reporting, littered with awful puns and quips, that I’ve ever seen. “He wasn’t looking for his claymation pony pal Pokey, he wanted cash.” Serious with that, lady? In contrast, this is the best robbery I’ve ever seen.
[lobbed by LT]