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Creepy clown craze hitting Mid-Michigan

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MT. PLEASANT, MI (WNEM) -

Across the country police departments have been flooded with reports of creepy clown sightings. Now, agencies in Mid-Michigan are among them.

The creepy clown craze has led to at least a dozen arrests in multiple states and has parents and children everywhere on edge and so far, police in Lapeer, Saginaw and Isabella Counties have fielded calls about clowns lurking about.

Several calls were even made in Mt. Pleasant just Monday night. However, in many cases, police have seen little to no evidence that a clown is actually around. 

"I think it's just people taking a joke a little bit too far,” Derek Davis said.

Davis sees clown costumes every day. He works at Halloween Central in Mt. Pleasant. He said the fact that pranksters across the country are using clown outfits to scare people is unfortunate.

“It kind of ruins Halloween for everybody else because everyone just wants to wear a mask and have a good time,” Davis said. 

Late Monday night, there were reports on social media that clowns were walking around the Central Michigan University with weapons.

Authorities investigated and found those reports to be untrue. 

Nonetheless, it was the topic of conversation Tuesday.

“I think if you're one of those guys dressing up it's pretty dangerous. You know? Because, you know, people are scared. I had some friends last night that went out clown hunting. They're not dealing with it because it's a campus and we want to be safe you know,” one student said.

Lieutenant Cameron Wassman with CMU Police is urging everyone to avoid taking the law into their own hands if they are confronted by a clown.

"Clearly it is not a crime to dress up as a clown. What it comes down to is how you're acting and what you're doing when you're dressed up in costume,” Wassman said.

Meanwhile, Davis just wants everyone to have a safe Halloween no matter what they wear.

"Everybody just wants to have fun but you don't want to offend anybody or put anyone else's safety at risk,” he said. 

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