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Scary clown sightings under investigation by local police

Granite City Police say they’ve received several reports of sightings of scary clowns. This isn’t one of the clowns sighted — it’s Pennywise, from a film adaptation of a Stephen King novel.
Granite City Police say they’ve received several reports of sightings of scary clowns. This isn’t one of the clowns sighted — it’s Pennywise, from a film adaptation of a Stephen King novel.

Police in Granite City said they’ve received “several” reports of scary clowns being spotted in the city, but they suspect the clowns are youths who don’t mean to hurt anyone.

Granite City Police, in a post to Facebook on Wednesday night, said there have been “several reports of clowns that have scared some citizens.”

Capt. Darin Clements on Thursday said his department received 5-8 reports Wednesday night of people seeing scary-looking clowns.

“Our officers investigated and never found anything,” Clements said.

Clements said police don’t doubt the reports, but they suspect the perpetrators were youths who had no intention of harming anyone. Still, he said, police want the clown or clowns to know that bad things could happen.

“It’s dangerous when you do something like that, especially with concealed-carry. You never know,” Clements said.

Police said the reports were being investigated, and asked that residents call the police department at 877-6111 if they see something suspicious, or 911 in an emergency.

Dozens of Facebook users replied to the post, some expressing fear.

“I will be in my house with the door locked until this matter is solved,” one woman wrote.

But others chalked it up to kids being kids.

“You people getting freaked out? Seriously. This country is going down the toilet because we have so many people who frighten too easily,” one person wrote.

The police department removed the Facebook posting Thursday morning. Clements said it had drawn some inappropriate comments.

In recent weeks there have been reports across the country of people being scared by clowns. They’ve mostly proven to be the work of hoaxers, attention-getters or youths. But the reports have left many people weirded out, prompting police to take them seriously.

Brian Brueggemann

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