The World’s Best Comics, Cartoons and Toys in Sacramento gave away free comics on Saturday, as it does on the first Saturday of every May. Owner Dave Downey said it started out small and eventually became a popular event among fans. This year’s event had a unique twist which involved three sticky fingered teens.
Fox 40 news reported there were three teenagers dressed as Fred Flintstone, Wilma Flintstone and Barney Rubble from the classic Flintstones cartoons from the 60s. In December, the three teenagers stole Downey’s imitation of the Flintstone car. He called his car the “Flintmobile.” The car was made of wood, oil drums, screws, and cloth.
Before the theft, the car sat in front of the business and attracted attraction from parents and children who enjoyed sitting in the car. A customer had built the car and gave it to Downey. Authorities caught the three teenage thieves in January after video footage captured them loading the car onto a truck.
The Flintstones and Rubbles were neighbors and friends who always found themselves in funny situations. The cartoon was loosely based on a classic comedy called “The Honeymooners.” In the cartoon, people operated their cars on foot power and kept dinosaurs as pets.
After authorities returned the car to Downey, he declined to press charges against the teen thieves. Instead, the three agreed to work off their crime by working from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Saturday’s comic giveaway event.
According to Fox news, the event is the busiest day of the year for the business. While dressed in Flintstone gear, the teens waved signs and attracted attention to the event. Downey even billed the event as “The final chapter in the great Flintmobile Heist.” The car won’t be leaving any time soon as more chains were added to keep it from being stolen again.