Who's a clever boy then? Parrot foils burglar after savage bite yields blood as evidence
A parrot was the unlikely hero to bring a serial burglar to justice after its savage bite caused blood to seep from the thieving man's hand - which was then used as crucial DNA evidence.
Serial burglar Vitalij Kiseliov managed to break into the home of of Peter and Trudy Rowing in Gillingham, Kent, in the dead of night, stealing a laptop and phone.
He also stole two oxygen tanks which help Mrs Rowing with her breathing, as well as four cans of lager.
His plan was foiled when he tried to take Rocky the African Grey parrot out of his cage - the expensive birds can sell for £500.
Crime-fighting Rocky bit the burglar on the hand, leaving his blood around the house.
When police were called to the scene they found Kiseliov's blood by the door.
Because of his serial crimes, his DNA was in the police database - so law enforcement managed to arrest him the next day - June 16.
Speaking this week, Mr Rowing, 72, said he and his wife have had Rocky for more than 20 years - and hailed him a hero for helping convict Kiseliov.
He said he reckoned the burglar had tried to pinch Rocky, knowing he was a valuable bird, but got "more than he bargained for" when the bird bit him.
He said: "(The police) reckon Kiseliov threw Rocky out of the window because he bit him.
"They found blood by the door. They got him the next day because he was on their database."
Rocky the parrot was soon reunited with his owners after their granddaughter put out an appeal on Facebook for anyone to look out for the parrot.
Recorder Sarah Elliott QC told Kiseliov : "Your burglary spree caused real misery to your victims and in many ways real fear.
"The victims were asleep in their own homes at night. Some were brave enough to go down and try to confront you or find you.
"Victims talk of their distress and fear and lasting feeling their homes have been invaded. Night time burglaries when people are in their beds asleep are terrifying for them and have lasting consequences.
"One lady had poor eyesight and needed a breathing machine. Among other things, you stole her oxygen."
Kiseliov, who admitted six counts of burglary - five between the hours of 3,45am and 5.20am on June 15 and one on June 11 - and was jailed for four years at Maidstone Crown Court last week, and will be deported at the end of his sentence.
Detective Constable Richard Sears said: "Vitalij Kiseliov showed no concern for any potential confrontation during these burglaries and targeted his victims at a time when they would have been asleep or were woken as a result of it.
"Burglary can have a huge and detrimental impact on people's lives and I do hope that those affected by Kiseliov's actions can take comfort in this successful conviction."
A spokesman for Kent Police confirmed this week that Kiseliov, of Chatham, Kent, had 'removed a parrot from a cage' during one raid.