North Riverside police charged a 62-year-old man with battery after he reportedly poked a neighbor with his snow shovel and threatened to damage his neighbor’s car unless he moved it on Feb. 17 at about 6:45 p.m.

The victim said he arrived home and parked his car on the street in front of his neighbor’s home. Once he exited the car, the neighbor, who was out shoveling snow, allegedly said, “Move your car or I will f— it up.” The neighbor then allegedly struck the victim in the chest with the snow shovel.

According to the police report, the victim said he then grabbed the shovel to move it out of the way at which time his neighbor punched him in the face, injuring his left eye. The victim then wrestled the shovel out of his neighbor’s hands and struck him, knocking him to the ground. The victim then called police.

Police said that when they questioned the neighbor about the incident, he told them that while he did hit the victim with the shovel, he only “touched him.” Paramedics also took a look at the injuries to the man’s face as a result of the victim punching him, but he declined further treatment.

Creepy chicken gag

A resident of the 8600 block of Riverside Avenue, Brookfield, contacted police to report a creepy incident involving a cooked chicken.

The resident arrived home on the night of Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, and found on her doorstep a cooked chicken with a note attached to it. The note reportedly was adorned with a smiley face and the said, “Sincerely, your ding dong ditcher. Happy Valentines.”

The resident told police she realized that the chicken had been one she had previously cooked and had thrown away. The bag it had been in was found near her garage.

Elf alert

Riverside police responded to the vicinity of the Riverside Swim Club, 100 Bloomingbank Road, on the morning of Feb. 17 after a woman called to report a suspicious incident.

The woman told police that as she was running past, a male wearing a Christmas elf outfit with high green and white socks jumped out from the wooded area behind the pool and began talking to her. 

The person dressed in the costume did not touch or attempt to touch the woman, according to police, who were unable to locate anyone matching the description given by the jogger.

Package theft, tampering

Brookfield police responded to the 3500 block of Vernon Avenue on the afternoon of Feb. 16 after a resident called to report that someone had stolen packages that had been delivered to his building.

The victim said he received an email from Amazon at about 2 p.m. stating the packages had been delivered. The email contained a photo of the packages in the building’s vestibule. When the victim went to retrieve the packages about 25 minutes later, they were gone.

According to the police report, the door to the apartment’s building’s vestibule was unlocked.

A North Riverside woman called police on Feb. 16 to report that at around noon she observed, on camera, a neighbor opening a package that had been left for her in the hallway of her apartment complex.

According to the police report, the offender opened the package after seeing the label, dug through it and left it where it was originally placed. Nothing was taken, but police said charges were pending.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Feb. 14-20, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.

— Compiled by Bob Uphues