Gumby, America's favorite claymation figure, has been accused of robbery. Well, not Gumby exactly, but a man dressed as the popular character created by Art Clokey in the 1950s.
The San Diego Police reports that a man in a Gumby costume attempted to rob a Rancho Penasquitos 7-Eleven on Monday at 12:30 a.m.
Store surveillance footage showed the Gumby-clad man entering the 7-Eleven with his hands above his head, escorted by what appears to be a relatively small white male between the ages of 18 and 22 years old.
Gumby then walked up to the cashier and demanded money, saying, This is a robbery, according to San Diego Police.
The clerk, assuming that it was a big joke, told Gumby that he had to get back to cleaning. However, Gumby insisted that the robbery was real and acted as though he was searching for a weapon.
Unable to fit his Gumby hands in his Gumby outfit, no weapon was produced. The man in the Gumby costume soon gave up and left the store, reportedly dropping 26 cents out of his pocket.
His accomplice was back outside waiting in a silver and white minivan, honking the horn, according to the San Diego Police. He too left the store without managing to take any money, police said.
The clerk didn't report the incident until 6 a.m. when the 7-Eleven manager came in to work.
A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the Gumby bandit's arrest. Both Gumby and his accomplice could face felony charges of attempted robbery and police aren't treating the incident as a prank.
Gumby and his principle sidekick Pokey were the stars of a 233-episode series that debuted on The Howdy Doody Show in the mid-1950s. The Gumby Show was later picked up by NBC and ran for nearly 35 years.
View surveillance footage of the Gumby bandit below: