October 18, 2016 8:47 am
Updated: October 18, 2016 7:17 pm

Toronto-area teens arrested for wearing clown masks, scaring people in car: police

WATCH ABOVE: Scary clown prank leads to charges in Oshawa, Ont.


Three teenagers are facing nuisance charges after they were allegedly caught driving in a Toronto-area neighbourhood wearing clown masks and scaring people on the street.

Durham Regional Police said officers responded to a disturbance call on Oct. 14 around 3:30 p.m. in Oshawa, east of Toronto, regarding a suspicious vehicle.

Police said they located a grey Saturn with three occupants inside wearing clown masks.

Witnesses told officers the vehicle was stopping near other cars and pedestrians scaring bystanders.

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Police said a 19-year-old was charged with cause a nuisance and careless driving. A 19-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman were also charged with cause a nuisance.

Durham police said they have responded to 31 calls of scary clown sightings since the beginning of the month.

The creepy clown craze, which has taken over the United States and Europe, involves people dressing up as clowns to scare unsuspecting people.

A Canadian Tire spokesperson said it pulled clown decorations from its shelves last week due to concerns over the pranks.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at http://www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca.

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