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Gumby robbery might have been prank, not crime

September 14, 2011 |  8:48 am


The 19-year-old men who turned themselves in as suspects in the "Gumby robbery" at a 7-Eleven store in San Diego may just have been trying to pull a practical joke.

Police did not arrest the two men, identified as Jacob Kiss, who wore the Gumby costume, and his friend Jason Giramma, who admitted being the getaway driver.

The case will be sent to the San Diego County district attorney to decide whether the two should be charged criminally or whether the incident should be chalked up to a college-style prank.

Kiss told a clerk at a 7-Eleven store in Rancho Penasquitos on Labor Day that he was robbing the store. The clerk initially thought the statement was a joke but felt otherwise when Gumby said he had a gun, although no gun was seen.

The Gumby costume wearer fled only with loose change. The costume (above) was confiscated by police Tuesday.


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Photo: Gumby costume confiscated by police. Credit: San Diego Police Department