August 30, 2017
With the release of a creepy clown movie coming next week, Pennsylvania State Police the public about, well, creepy clowns.
In a police bulletin released Wednesday, authorities said they expect "creepy clown" sightings to pop up again this fall.
Along with Halloween approaching, police said the expected release of "It" on Sept. 8 could help trigger a round of clown sightings and false reports.
The movie, adapted from the notable Stephen King novel of the same name, follows an evil demon that takes the shape of a clown named Pennywise, who stalks children from within the sewers and kills them when they least expect it.
Reported sightings of people dressed as evil clowns in a number of states – including Pennsylvania – sparked a panic and at least a dozen arrests last fall.
The bulletin encouraged people to report suspicious activity to the department's terrorism tip line, 888-292-1919, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.