The Lititz Borough Police Department admit to being “completely terrified” after a prankster tied red balloons onto sewer grates around the small Pennsylvania town, according to CBS News.
The balloons are a nod to Pennywise, the demonic killer clown from Stephen King’s 1986 horror novel "It," of which a new film adaptation opens in theaters September 8. In the book and films, Pennywise uses the balloons to lure children away from their homes and feed on them.
The first balloons were spotted yesterday in the small town of just over 9,000, which lies in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country. “A certain movie is coming to theaters in two days, and a local prankster took it upon themselves to promote the movie,” said the message on the Lititz Borough Police Department Facebook page. “We give points for creativity, however we want the local prankster to know that we were completely terrified as we removed these balloons from the grates and we respectfully request they do not do that again.”
A second Facebook post that night said, “We have turned the investigation over to our Criminal Investigations Division for further investigation and prosecution of the person(s), errr ah, 'thing' responsible.” This was accompanied by a photograph of member of the Lititz police wearing a red clown wig and dusting one of the balloons for prints.
While the Lititz Borough Police Department seems to have taken the prank in stride, it does stir up memories of last fall’s Killer Clown epidemic. In a series of high publicity incidents, people in killer clown makeup were seen terrorizing schools, chasing people, and in true Pennywise fashion trying to lure children into the woods. While few violent crimes were actually attributed to killer clowns, a 19-year-old in Varberg, Sweden was stabbed by a person wearing a clown mask.
With Halloween just around the corner, who knows what horrors lie in wait.
[Photo: Lititz Borough Police Department Facebook Page]