YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- In what will undoubtably cause unsettling nightmares for sufferers of coulrophobia (fear of clowns), the national "creepy clown" hoax has waddled its oversized shoes to the region, according to Yorktown police.
In a statement Thursday, department Chief Robert Noble said Yorktown officers recently received one report of a creepy clown sighting that later turned out to have occurred in a neighboring community.
While similar incidents and sightings have been reported across the country in recent months, most have been found to be hoaxes propagated by social media, Noble said.
While police will investigate all reported sightings, the fact that most have posed no real threat is problematic for authorities, according to Noble.
"Situations such as these are challenging because unusual demands can be made on public safety resources and innocent individuals can be hurt," he said in the statement.
According to police, anyone found to have broken laws while involved with a creepy clown hoax will be arrested and prosecuted.