Gumby Gone Wild
Police seek clumsy Gumby Bandit
Apparently, Pokey's sidekick just wasn't cut out for a life of crime.
A man who made a botched attempt to rob a convenience
store near San Diego, while clad in a full-figured Gumby costume -- actually losing a bit of
money instead of making off with any -- remained at large today, according to
San Diego police.
The would-be thief disguised as the famed green claymation character entered
the 7-Eleven in the 9700 block of Carmel Mountain Road along with an ordinarily
dressed cohort shortly after midnight Monday, SDPD Detective Gary Hassen said.
"Gumby said, 'This is a robbery,'" Hassen said. "And the clerk thought it was
a joke. He said, 'I have cleaning to do, and I don't have time for this.'"
The man in the costume -- complete with Gumby's trademark steeply slanting
head and cheerful, yellow-and-red facial features - then replied that he had a
gun and began struggling with the unwieldy suit, as if trying to retrieve a
Fumbling with the outfit for several moments, the bandit only managed to drop
26 cents' worth of change, which he then was unable to retrieve from the floor.
His companion, meanwhile, had wandered out of the store and gotten into a
white or silver minivan, which he pulled in front of the business, Hassen said.
After the driver honked his horn a few times, the frustrated man in the Gumby
getup walked out and got into the vehicle, and the pair drove off.
The victim, still unconvinced an actual robbery attempt had happened, did not
report it. A manager who arrived for his work shift about 6 a.m., however,
decided a crime had transpired and called the police.
Though a bit surreal, the incident was under investigation as a legitimate
attempted holdup, according to Hassen.
"Whether it's (a person in) a Gumby costume, ski mask or whatever, he said he
had a gun, and I have to believe he had a gun," the detective said.
A surveillance camera captured the entire odd episode on video, providing
fairly clear images of the disguised man's outfit and the appearance of his
cohort, who appeared to be in his late teens or early 20s. See the footage from the surveillance camera