Amelia Margaret Hurt revealed as third alleged ‘Big Bird Bandit’ who stole Sesame Street costume







The identity of the third alleged “Big Bird Bandit”, accused of stealing the Sesame Street costume from an Adelaide circus has been revealed.

Amelia Margaret Hurt, 20, of Woodville Park, was charged with dishonestly dealing with property without consent over the incident, which happened in April this year.

The $160,000 costume was allegedly stolen from the Sesame Street Circus Spectacular in Bonython Park between 4.30pm on April 18 and 9.30am on April 19.

Camera IconAmelia Margaret Hurt is the third person charged with stealing a Big Bird costume from the Sesame Street Circus in April this year. NCA NewsWire /Brenton Edwards Credit: News Corp Australia

Ms Hurt appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court for the first time over the charges on Wednesday.

Her lawyer asked for her to be released on bail and that the agreement be varied to remove the curfew condition because she was employed as a hotel receptionist.

Magistrate Stefan Metanomski agreed to vary the bail terms.

Ms Hurt made no comment as she left the court.

Prior to her court appearance, police released CCTV footage of the woman they now allege is Ms Hurt.

At the time, they were asking for assistance in identifying the third alleged accomplice involved in the high profile theft.

Her two co accused Cody Alain Milne, 26, and Tasman Binder, 22, were each charged with an aggravated count of dishonestly taking property without consent.

The duo put on a show of their own outside of court for their first appearance on June 30.

They were each granted bail but were banned from attending the Sesame Street circus, which is no longer in Adelaide.

The trio are due to reappear in November.

Camera IconMs Hurt’s co accused Cody Milne (L) and Tasman Binder put on a show of their own as they left the Adelaide Magistrates Court in June. Brenton Edwards Credit: News Corp Australia

After Big Bird’s momentary disappearance, the bright yellow costume was returned to the circus on April 20.

A witness reported seeing two people running away from the area, and police found the character propped up against an electricity box.

The people involved dubbed themselves “the Big Bird Bandits” in a note found inside the beak of the costume.

The letter writers firstly apologised, saying they had “no idea” what they were doing or what their actions would cause.

They also said they were “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.”


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