Send in the clown complaints: Spate of reports raises alarm

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 23, 2016 1:29 AM

FILE PHOTO: (AP Photo/Paul White)

(Pittsburgh) -- The State Police and others are encouraging caution amid a rash of public complaints and social media reports in a number of states of people dressed like clowns acting suspiciously, even if they think many are knucklehead pranksters or downright bogus.

Real clowns are just plain miffed, saying the mostly bogus reports are hurting their image and business.

Authorities in Greenville, South Carolina, were among the first to report a clown-related incident in recent weeks.

Late last month, some children reported clowns trying to lure them into the woods with money.

Authorities found no evidence -- not even a prankster in a clown suit.

But for whatever reason people in Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina and, now, Pennsylvania, have since reported scary or suspicious encounters with people dressed like clowns.

State Police in Schuylkill County say they're investigating after two clowns -- one dressed in orange, the other in black -- were seen yelling at children.

The clowns had fled Monday evening before police could arrive at the scene in Pottsville.

Troopers in Huntingdon County say they're also investigating suspicious clown reports.

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