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NY police warn of 'creepy clown' sightings, hoaxes

With Halloween on the horizon, creep clown reports are on the rise.  There have been several recent reports nationwide of people having frightening encounters involving clowns. 


Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton joked on Twitter about clowns and clarified that there haven't been any sightings in Danbury. 


The Dutchess County Sheriff's Office says “creepy clown” reports have caused alarm in some communities and have been frustrating for first responders, as many of the reports have been proven to be hoaxes.  The Sheriff's Office says some of the incidents reported have been legitimate, however the vast majority have turned out to be hoaxes or pranks.  


If someone is acting suspiciously, whether or not they are wearing a clown costume, people are encouraged to report it to law enforcement.  The Sheriff's Office is also reminding people that common sense should prevail in these situations.

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