An upstate New York teen has been arrested for allegedly lying to cops about finding a sewing needle in his Halloween candy, police said.
The 14-year-old boy claimed he made the horrifying discovery Monday when he bit into a fun-sized Twix bar that he got while trick-or-treating in the Sherwood Park neighborhood, East Greenbush Police said.
The boy’s father filed a complaint, prompting a warning from authorities Monday about possibly tainted candy.
“Check your candy,” police wrote on their Facebook page.
But after an investigation, the teen admitted that he made up the Halloween incident after he saw the idea for the hoax on TikTok and “thought it would be funny,” police said.
He was charged with falsely reporting an incident and released to probation, cops said.
Parents in Fostoria, Ohio, were also put on alert over the weekend by authorities investigating a similar report of sewing needles in Halloween candy.
“Although we only are aware of 2 pieces of candy being involved, we take this seriously and are appalled that anyone would be so demented as to want to hurt children in our community,” Police Chief Keith Loreno said.
Police have yet to make any arrests in connection to the alleged tampering.