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Report: Clown spotted trying to lure kids into woods

(WHSV)
Published: Aug. 30, 2016 at 3:32 PM EDT
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UPDATE (Aug. 30, 8:02 a.m.):

Deputies in South Carolina have increased patrols after getting new reports of people dressed as clowns trying to lure children into the woods.

News outlets report that Greenville County sheriff's deputies were called to an apartment complex about 8:20 p.m. Monday that is about 20 minutes from a complex where people reporting seeing clowns last week.

Deputies responding to the report last week said they found no evidence of anyone in the woods behind Fleetwood Manor Apartments.

A family who called Monday night from Emerald Commons apartments said a child saw a man wearing a clown mask in woods near the complex.

Deputies said there was a third report of someone dressed as a clown about 10 p.m. at Shemwood Apartments.

A 12-year-old told deputies that two clowns were in the backyard area.

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ORIGINAL STORY (Aug. 29, 6:23 p.m.):

A neighborhood in South Carolina is reporting that people dressed as clowns have been seen trying to lure children into the woods.

Greenville County deputies say they've found no evidence of anyone behind the apartment complex where residents reported seeing clowns trying to attract children.

Drew Pinciaro of the Greenville County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Monday that officers investigated the woods behind Fleetwood Manor Apartments last week after receiving the reports but found "no signs of suspicious activity or characters dressed in clown attire."

Patrols in the area are being increased.

An incident report from the sheriff's office says that several children reported that clowns tried to lure them into the woods with money.

Media outlets reported the apartment property manager put out a statement to alert parents.