GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -

A neighborhood in South Carolina is reporting that people dressed as clowns have been seen trying to lure children into the woods.

Greenville County deputies say they've found no evidence of anyone behind the apartment complex where residents reported seeing clowns trying to attract children.

Drew Pinciaro of the Greenville County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Monday that officers investigated the woods behind Fleetwood Manor Apartments last week after receiving the reports but found "no signs of suspicious activity or characters dressed in clown attire."

Patrols in the area are being increased.

An incident report from the sheriff's office says that several children reported that clowns tried to lure them into the woods with money.

Media outlets reported the apartment property manager put out a statement to alert parents.