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Gumby Robbery Suspects Turn Themselves In

By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on September 14, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

The two suspects in the San Diego-area "Gumby robbery," Jacob Kiss and Jason Giramma, turned themselves in on Tuesday.

Kiss and Giramma admitted to masterminding the strange "Gumby" robbery that occurred at a local 7-11 last week. A video surveillance tape captured the entire event on film, reports Sign on San Diego.

The tapes showed two men entering the convenience store. One was dressed normally; the other was wearing a full-on green "Gumby" bodysuit. The man in the "Gumby" suit approached the counter, and told the clerk that he was robbing the store. Unsurprisingly, the clerk thought it was just a prank and ignored the green-suited man's demands, according to Sign on San Diego.

"Gumby" then told the clerk that he had a gun, and reached into his suit to get it. But, after a few moments of fumbling around his costume, all "Gumby" managed to do was drop 26 cents onto the floor. He left the store empty-handed, reports Sign on San Diego.

Police originally had a difficult time identifying the two men because the suit concealed the "Gumby" robber's face.

After turning themselves in, Kiss, 19, admitted to donning the green "Gumby" costume. Giramma, also 19, admitted to being the getaway driver. Police were able to identify Giramma, who is seen on the video entering after "Gumby," with the help of tipsters.

Kiss and Giramma were questioned by police and released, reports Sign on San Diego. Police confiscated the "Gumby" costume.

Why were the "Gumby" robbers released? It's because while police have the power to arrest those who are suspected of committing crimes, it's usually up to the prosecutor to press charges. The District Attorney will now have to decide if they wish to bring any charges against Jacob Kiss and Jason Giramma.

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