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Police in a Lebanon County neighborhood plan to increase patrols after a man dressed as a clown was spotted Saturday night.

A resident of the Quentin Hunt neighborhood told police the man was walking in the middle of Riders Way at around 10:45 p.m., according to Cornwall Borough police Chief Bruce Harris.

Harris said the man reportedly took off the clown mask and disappeared out of sight between homes.

“We certainly believe that it's a credible report,” said Harris, who added police plan to increase patrols in the neighborhood in the evening and nighttime hours.

Police are encouraging caution amid a rash of public complaints and social media reports in several states of people dressed like clowns and acting suspiciously, even if they think many are pranksters, according to the Associated Press.

Harris said he hopes if there was a legitimate reason for the person to be wearing the costume — such as for a party — and walking in the street, police will be told.

“There's no violation (for) wearing a costume in public, but giving the circumstances today, that obviously alarms people,” Harris said.

The report was given to police Monday morning, Harris said. In the wake of clown sightings reported around the U.S., it's the first one he's heard of in Lebanon.

A clown was reportedly seen at 6th and Canal streets in Lebanon city last week, but police said the rumor was unfounded, according to the Lebanon Daily News.

Cornwall Borough police ask anyone with information to call 717-274-2071.

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