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The South Australian menaces who stole a $160,000 Big Bird costume from a Sesame Street circus have revealed themselves to be the… Big Bird Bandits? Welcome to the intersection of comedy and crime, it all gets crazier from here.

On Monday, it was reported that a Big Bird costume had been stolen from the Sesame Street circus in Boynton Park, Thebarton, SA. The Sesame Street circus was part of a musical performance tour around SA that will wrap up in May.

Yellow feathers were reportedly seen scattered across Port Road.

Just before 5am on Wednesday, however, South Australia Police received calls reporting the fact that two men in black were seen carrying a giant yellow costume around the area of the circus.

The Big Bird costume was found returned, all safe and sound, and was dumped by an electricity box outside the circus tent. Inside his mouth was left an apology note, written by the Big Bird Bandits.

Photo: South Australia Police.

“We are so sorry!!!” read the letter from the Big Bird Bandits.

“We had no idea what we were doing, or what our actions would cause.

“We were just having a rough time and were trying to cheer ourselves up.”

Folks, you cannot make this stuff up.

“We had a great time with Mr Bird,” the note continued.

“He’s a great guy, and no harm came to our friend. Sorry to be such a big birden!

“Sincerely, The Big Bird Bandits (all of us).”

Source: South Australia Police.

Look I know these guys are criminals but like, I cannot get over “big birden”. In fact, I am obsessed with it.

Don’t steal expensive costumes from the circus, kids, but definitely make great puns like this.

South Australia police, despite the return of the Big Bird costume, has stated that the investigation will continue until they find who the Big Bird Bandits are.

In the meantime, Big Bird will be joining his friends back at the circus as if nothing happened. Will he need therapy? Probably.

If you need me I’m going to be examining the handwriting of the Big Bird Bandits note to see if I can crack the case with no detective experience whatsoever.

Image: South Australia Police