Man Dressed as Gumby Attempts Armed Robbery

Thursday, 08 Sep 2011 02:03 PM

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Gumby joins Darth Vader, skeletons, and Spongebob Squarepants as one of the multitude of humorous costumes worn by robbers to disguise their identity, reports Reuters.

A man in a full-figured Gumby costume attempted to rob a 7-11 store in San Diego. The man was joined in the botched robbery by another man dressed only as himself, San Diego Police spokesman Detective Gary Hassen said. Police continue to look for both suspects.

When the man dressed as Gumby attempted to rob the store, the clerk thought it was a joke, police said.

The costumed bandit allegedly replied, "You don't think it's a robbery? Let me show you my gun." The robbery went further awry when the bandit found the costume made it impossible to reach into his pocket for his gun. Instead, the robber only succeed in pulling 26 cents out of his pocket and accidentally dumping it on the floor.

The accomplice, who had left the store and gotten into a minivan, honked at the man dressed as Gumby. Police said Gumby ceased the robbery attempt and both men left in the minivan.

The store clerk, unsure if a robbery had actually been attempted, did not contact the police. Police were notified only after the store manager arrived and contacted police.

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