Clowns: No joking matter

Staff report

SIDNEY — There are no clowns in Sidney.

“Over the past few weeks there have been rumors circulating on social media about clown sightings in and around the city of Sidney,” posted Sidney Police Chief Will Balling on the city’s Facebook account. “Across the country since August there have been reports from 10 states of people dressed as clowns committing a wide variety of crimes.

“While there is concern here in Sidney from a number of people about the potential for crime there have been no reports to date of any criminal act by someone dressed as a clown. Much of this information is rumor and innuendo which has been spread throughout our community by social media,” he said.

Balling asks if anyone sees someone dressed as a clown and acting suspicious they contact the police department at 937-498-2351.

“For those that wish to copycat what others have done, if you commit any criminal violation while dressed as a clown or any other costume you will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Balling.

Staff report