Call it the capon caper for Hamburg police.
It started at about 11:45 p.m. Friday when dispatchers received a call from Buffalo's Best Pizzeria about a "suspicious character" hanging around the restaurant at McKinley Parkway and Lake Avenue near closing time, according to a post on the department's Facebook page headlined "Fowl Play."
He had two wings, black feathers and a bright red comb on top of his head, and he strutted like the cock of the walk around the parking lot near the Blasdell village limits.
He was a rooster, of course, and he ran, forcing Officer Nicholas Palmer to chase him down, with help from Officer Anthony Venditti, who didn't quail at the unusual assignment.
"As he refused to provide any identification, our officers had no choice but to bring him in," Mark Bernas, a public safety dispatcher, wrote in the tongue-in-cheek post.
Hamburg police asked anyone missing the rooster, suspected to be from the Croad Langshan breed, to call 648-5111, Ext. 0.
People commenting on the Facebook post had fun with the police call.
"Mmm dinner," wrote Jennifer Stewart. (What does rooster taste like? Chicken?)
"What was he charged with? Lol," asked Dina Marie Bardsley.
"Crossing the road?" replied Steve Urbanski.