TUPELO – Police want trick-or-treaters to know there is a thin line between a prank and a crime this Halloween weekend.
Little ghouls, goblins, princes and princesses and every other character imaginable will take to the streets of Northeast Mississippi neighborhoods this weekend for the annual candy-hoarding extravaganza.
Because Halloween tricks are just as big a part of the evening as the treats, Tupelo Police Maj. Anthony Hill said, police will be patrolling neighborhoods with a watchful eye.
“There is a difference between having a good time and playing pranks on one another and engaging in malicious mischief and criminal activity,” said Hill. “It doesn’t take much for fun to turn into an injury or property damage. Everyone doesn’t want their houses rolled with toilet paper or have their property trespassed on. So the children need to be careful about what type of fun they have this weekend.”
Although the city hasn’t had a lot of problems with pranks gone wrong on Halloween in recent years, Hill said police have dealt with some.
“We’ve had mailboxes damaged or destroyed, things thrown at vehicles and off overpasses and other minor property damage,” said Hill. “It being Halloween doesn’t suspend state laws. So we will deal with problems just like any other day of the week.”
The weekend curfew of midnight will still be in effect for those 17 and under.
Extra officers will be out to ensure safety.
Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson said the “f” in fun can easily turn into felony, depending on the amount of damage done. More than $500 in damage to someone’s property is considered a felony offense, he said.
Contact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northeast Mississippi Halloween schedule
– Baldwyn, Corinth, Guntown, Houston,
Nettleton, New Albany, Pontotoc,
Saltillo, Plantersville, West Point
– Oxford and Starkville
– To find out what your town is doing call your local City Hall.
Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal