HOBBS N.M. (KRQE) – It’s a trend that is freaking a lot of people out.
Creepy clown sightings have been happening all over the country and are now causing some problems for police in one New Mexico city.
Police officers in Hobbs say that while they haven’t had any confirmed clown sightings, they’re worried about a post circulating on social media.
One of the posts that has been going around says that police are warning everyone to stay inside and keep your doors and windows locked. It goes on to say that clowns are breaking into people’s homes and kidnapping children.
Hobbs police say they’ve been flooded with phone calls since the post started blowing up on Facebook.
They say none of it is true and that the more people call asking about it, the less time police and dispatch have to handle real emergencies.
“Our dispatch center did receive multiple phone calls which ties up some of their time,” said Lt. Chad Wright, with Hobbs police.
Although police in Hobbs say there’s nothing to worry about here. that hasn’t been the case around the country with these creepy clown sightings.
The unusual reports started surfacing back in South Carolina in August. Children told police that clowns tried luring them into the woods by offering them money.
Since then many other cities have started reporting similar incidents. A school district in Ohio closed Friday when a woman reported being attacked by a man dressed as a clown.
In New York, worries about a clown kept school children inside for recess.
Hobbs police say they have had one call for service involving a clown, but say that was just kids playing tricks on each other.