Creepy clown sightings not a funny prank for police

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LAPEER (WJRT) - (10/03/16) - Creepy clown sightings are popping up around the country, causing a frenzy on social media.

Some cases are turning out to be just pranks, but others are taking a serious turn.

Late last month, someone reported seeing three people dressed up as clowns near the woods by Walmart in Lapeer.

The 18-year-old man told police they were carrying what looked like a baseball bat or hammer.

Police had to take the report seriously, using K9's and thermal imaging to search the woods. They didn't come up with any leads. The case has been closed.

There are no other reports about clown sightings in the area.

Last weekend, there were false reports that a man dressed as a clown in Fort Wayne, Indiana was shot.

Even schools around the country have been put on lock down because of clown sightings.

Michigan State Police Lieutenant David Kaiser says police have to take this seriously, but when it's a prank, it's a major drain on their resources.

"Call 911, let the police get there, identify this person and find out what his intentions are. You just never know. If it does happen to you, as much as it wastes our resources, call us and let us come out and do the job," Kaiser said.

In Michigan, there is not a law against wearing a mask in public like there are in some states. It's only illegal if you're wearing a mask while committing a crime.

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