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Two 'Gumby' suspects surrender to San Diego police

September 13, 2011 |  3:45 pm

Two 19-year-old men were questioned by San Diego police Tuesday after turning themselves in as suspects in the "Gumby robbery" at a 7-Eleven store.

Jason Kiss confessed to wearing the Gumby costume and his friend Jason Giramma admitted that he was the driver of the getaway car, police said.

Based on the store's surveillance camera, and the promise of a $1,000 reward from San Diego Crime Stoppers, tipsters identified Giramma as the driver, police said.

The two were not arrested. The case will be sent to the district attorney to decide whether it merits criminal charges or should be classified as a college-style prank.

Kiss, wearing the Gumby costume, 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 declared that he had a gun, although no gun was seen.

The Gumby-wearer became nervous and fled with only loose change, police said.

Police on Tuesday confiscated the Gumby suit (seen below) as evidence.



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