The duo that allegedly stole a Big Bird costume from a Sesame Street-themed circus in Adelaide departed court after their first appearance on Wednesday in a comedy of errors.
Tasman Binder, 22 from Murray Bridge, and Cody Alain Milne, 26 from Norwood, were each charged with an aggravated count of dishonestly taking property without consent after the costume, worth $160,000, was stolen from the circus in Bonython Park between 4:30pm on Sunday April 18 and 9:30am on Monday April 19 this year.
The duo — that allegedly dubbed themselves ‘the Big Bird Bandits’ in a note found with the costume — fronted the Adelaide Magistrates Court for the first time on Wednesday and were granted bail.
As the hipsters left the courthouse, they appeared to have planned to simultaneously look at each other, slide their sunglasses onto their faces then strut towards a waiting vehicle.
The person driving that car had what looked like a fake black moustache and told reporters to back away from “the limo”.
Mr Binder and Mr Milne made no comment as they got into the vehicle and had no answer when asked how to get to Sesame Street or who their favourite muppet was.
Once inside the vehicle, the driver had visible trouble getting the manual vehicle to reverse.
After a few attempts, the car sped off down the street.
A group of supporters had also attended the hearing and waited for the pair until they left the court.
During Wednesday’s hearing, defence lawyers for the duo asked for the bail conditions to be tweaked and remove terms that they could not communicate with each other and must have a curfew.
He said the pair were good friends and argued it was a one-off offence that happened in the past so there was no reason for a curfew.
There was no dispute by the prosecution.
“They’re friends. I don’t think it’s going to impede the case,” the prosecutor said.
Magistrate Karim Soetratma then ruled in favour of the changes.
The court also heard there was a condition which banned the pair from attending the Sesame Street Circus.
But, because it is no longer in the state, the magistrate said the bail condition could remain.
“There would be no harm in leaving it in then,” Magistrate Soetratma said.
Two days after the costume was allegedly taken, it was returned to the circus, found propped up against an electricity box.
Police were called to the scene and officers say they found an apology letter which was left in Big Bird’s beak.
The letter writers assured that “no harm came” to the bird and said he was a “great guy”.
“We are so sorry!!! We had no idea what we were doing, or what our actions would cause,” the letter began.
“We were just having a rough time and were trying to cheer ourselves up.
“We had a great time with Mr Bird. He’s a great guy and no harm came to our friend.
“Sorry to be such a big birden (sic)!
“Sincerely, the Big Bird Bandits.”
Mr Binder and Mr Milne are due to reappear again in November.
Originally published as Alleged ‘Big Bird Bandits’ revealed