A parrot helped take down a serial burglar who tried stealing beer among other things from a house in Kent.
Vitalij Kiseliov into the home of of Peter and Trudy Rowing in Gillingham, Kent to burglarize the house in the middle of the night June 15. He took a laptop, phone, and oxygen tanks that Trudy uses to help with her breathing, and to top it took he took four cans of lager, The Telegraph reports.
He wasn’t done there, however. When he tried to take Rocky, the African Grey parrot, from his cage, the bird wasn’t going to go easily. The parrot, which is worth about $650, bit Kiseliov on the hand, causing him to bleed on things around the house.
Police responding to the call found the burglar’s blood near the door and were able to take it in for DNA testing. Since this wasn’t the first house Kiseliov had broken into, his DNA was already in the system, and the burglar was in jail the next day.
Peter Rowing, 72, spoke this week commending the parrot he and his wife has had for 20 years. Rowing said the burglar probably recognized Rocky’s worth and tried to take him as well, but got “more than he bargained for.”
“(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.”
The couple’s granddaughter took to Facebook for help in finding the lost bird, and they soon had Rocky back safe and sound back at home.
Recorder Sarah Elliott QC told Kiseliov that his burglaries had lasting effects on the families whose homes he broke into. She said not only did he cause fear that someone was in their house while they were asleep, but he also stole possessions that his victims needed to survive, like Mrs. Rowings oxygen tank.
“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.”
Kiseliov admitted to six counts of burglary including five between the hours of 3:45 a.m. and 5:20 a.m. on June 15 and one on June 11. He was sent to prison for four years and will be deported once his jail time is up.