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Pennsylvania State Police issued a 'creepy clown' warning ahead of the 'It' release

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Pennsylvania State Police have issued a “creepy clown” warning, our affiliate WJAC reported.

Police said in a community awareness bulletin that sightings could start soon, due in part to the fact that the movie, "It" will be released in theaters on Sept. 8.

The movie, which is adapted from Stephen King’s novel by the same name, portrays an evil demon.

The movie takes on the shape of a clown named Pennywise, who stalks kids from within the sewers and kills them when they least expect it.

Creepy clown sightings were reported throughout Pennsylvania last year, including in Cambria, Blair and Huntingdon counties.

Police encourage members of the public to report any sightings to the state police Terrorism Tip Line at 888-292-1919 or by sending an e-mail to tips@pa.gov.

Users can also download the "See Something, Say Something" smartphone app to report sightings.

You also can use the state police’s “See Something, Say Something” app, which allows suspicious activity to be captured as a photo or written note and sent directly to the Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center. The app is free to iPhone or Android users.

The "creepy clown" warning comes just days after the World Clown Association released a statement distancing themselves from "horror clowns," and stressing that author Stephen King's novel and the upcoming movie "It" are purely entertainment, and not representative of "real clowns."

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