Guy in chicken costume charged with theft finally identified

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Drum roll, please! The man who was arrested and charged with theft after reportedly stealing a chicken-like costume has been identified.

Trever Hemen, 19, of East Helena, Montana, has formally been charged with second-degree burglary and theft for an incident that happened Thursday, June 26 in Kansas City, Mo.

Authorities said after his arrest Hemen had no identification on him and he refused to give his name.

Police said Hemen broke into a costume shop and stole a huge yellow cape and feathered hat last Thursday night. At least half a dozen people at The Cashew tavern witnessed the crime. They said they were shocked to see him walk into the bar a little while later wearing what they say he had stolen.


Trever Hemen, 19, of East Helena, Montana

Trever Hemen, 19, of East Helena, Montana

The Kansas City Costume Company is next door to The Cashew at 20th and Grand. Witnesses reported seeing a man throw a brick through the display window and then take the large yellow cape and feathered hat. Some described the man as looking like a giant chicken.

After police took a report and left, witnesses were surprised to see the burglar walk into the tavern in full drag. The thief even posed for photos taken by bar patrons. Autumn MorningSky also recorded video on her cellphone, when police arrived to arrest the man.

“Eventually someone says, ‘He’s at the bar,'” MorningSky explained. “You turn around and there’s this guy in this really elaborate dress of some sort with a five-foot train and a huge headdress with feathers everywhere. It was brilliant and he was just sitting there.”

MorningSky says the man called himself “Dirty-Dirty.” And at one point he started singing the song “Over My Head” by The Fray. MorningSky also says it appeared the man was under the influence of some substances.

Workers at the costume shop tell FOX 4 News the cape and hat had been in storage for the last 20 years, purchased from an Atlantic City show. The owner says he’s more upset over the broken plate glass window that will cost him more than a $1,000 to replace than over nearly losing that costume.

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