Vitalij Kiseliov tried to get away with oxygen tanks, cans of lager and Rocky until the brave African Grey fought back
Rocky, an African Grey, matched the crime-busting powers of Inspector Hercule Poirot when he fought back as the intruder tried to grab him.
Rocky helped detectives catch serial burglar Vitalij Kiseliov
Police found blood at the house in Gillingham, Kent, and traced the DNA to serial burglar Vitalij Kiseliov, 37.
They think Kiseliov threw Rocky out of a window then fled with a £1,500 haul. The bird was returned after an appeal, and the crook was jailed.
Rocky pecked the raider’s hand — letting police nail him with a quick bit of detective work.
Just like in a game of Cluedo, they checked out their leads and named the culprit.
Kiseliov had grabbed a £1,500 haul from Peter and Trudy Rowing’s house in Kent.
He even snatched two oxygen tanks Trudy uses for breathing problems, plus four cans of lager.
Vitalij Kiseliov was caught when he left his blood at the scene after Rocky pecked at him
He opened Rocky’s cage and tried to take him too — however the brave bird fought back.
Cops believe Kiseliov threw Rocky out of the window in anger, but he was found and returned safely home following a Facebook appeal by the Rowing’s granddaughter.
After serial burglar Kiseliov went up before the beak, 72-year-old old Peter explained Rocky’s part in cracking a case which would have made Inspector Poirot proud.
The burglar tried to steal Rocky but not until the African Grey fought back
Peter said: “Police found a spot of the burglar’s blood by the door. They got him next day because he was on their DNA database.”
The couple have had Rocky, worth about £500, for 20 years.
Kiseliov, of Chatham, admitted six counts of burglary and was jailed for four years by Maidstone crown court.
He will be deported to his native Lithuania at the end of his sentence. He was previously jailed for four years there, as well as in Britain last year.
Investigator Hercule Poirot would be proud of Rocky’s detective work
Rocky has been a part of the Rowing family for 20 years
The court heard he struck at night. Recorder Sarah Elliott QC told him: “Your burglary spree caused real misery and real fear.
“The victims were asleep in their own homes. Some were brave enough to go down and try to confront you or find you.
“Victims talk of their distress and lasting feelings that their homes have been invaded.”
Afterwards Det Con Richard Sears said: “Vitalij Kiseliov showed no concern for any potential confrontation during these burglaries.
“Burglary can have a huge impact and I do hope that those affected by Kiseliov’s actions can take comfort in this successful conviction.”
Actor David Suchet played Agatha Christie’s Belgium detective Hercule Poirot in the long-running ITV series.