SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two young men, including one dressed in a Gumby costume, were charged Friday with three misdemeanors for allegedly trying to rob a Rancho Penasquitos convenience store.
Jacob Kiss and Jason Giramma, both 19, were ordered to appear in court Nov. 8 to answer to burglary charges.
According to the San Diego Police Department, a Gumby impersonator entered a 7-Eleven store in the 9700 block of Carmel Mountain Road shortly after midnight Sept. 5 and announced the robbery.
An employee, thinking it was a joke, said he had cleaning to do and didn't have time. But the man in the costume claimed to have a gun and fumbled with the unwieldy suit as if trying to retrieve a weapon, Detective Gary Hassen said.
Gumby's companion, in street clothes, went into the store with him but then walked out, Hassen said. He later honked the horn of a minivan to get the costumed person to leave, he said.
Hassen said Kiss later surrendered to police and gave a statement. Investigators confiscated the Gumby suit.
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