SOMERS, N.Y. -- With the recent craze of "creepy clown" sightings throughout the country and locally, Lt. Bob Stanton with the Somers Police Department says the pranks are not funny.
"These copy cat type of pranks or even crimes can be a real problem for children and even older citizens," Stanton said after a sighting Tuesday night was being talked about in Somers. "I know I would be startled if I came across a scary clown standing in the woods or jumping out at someone."
Stanton also said that although the department hasn't received any calls for "creepy clowns," this type of prank could lead a senior to have a heart attack or other problems.
The clown sightings began in August in South Carolina when stories began to circulate about clowns trying to lure children into the woods. Since then, crazed clown reports have blossomed into a national phenomenon with sightings in just about every state.