WEST PEORIA — A resident called police after a "suspicious" stranger knocked on his door and discussed a loan program to buy 5,000 chickens, according to a report by the Peoria County Sheriff's Office.

A 37-year-old resident of the 2800 block of West Richmond Avenue said that he was approached at his home April 8 by an "older" and "skinny" man with gray, curly hair, the report stated. At first, the stranger asked if the resident needed any trees trimmed, the report stated. Then he began to ask about the resident's children and if any were over the age of 8, the report stated.

"This male began rambling on that kids over 8 years old can ... get a loan to purchase up to 5,000 chickens," the report stated.

The stranger's patter "freaked out" the resident, who asked him to leave. A deputy scoured the area for the stranger but came up empty.