Creepy cloaked figure dropping raw meat near playground is scaring NC residents

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GASTONIA, N.C. -- Photos of a creepy cloaked figure appearing at an apartment complex in North Carolina and reportedly leaving raw meat near a local playground have gone viral.

According to images posted on social media, the mysterious figure has "sparked fear among locals after it was reportedly caught on camera standing outside an apartment complex in Gastonia, North Carolina, dressed in a dark cloak."

The images also claim the figure was spotted at the Hudson Woods apartment complex in Gastonia, a town located just outside Charlotte.

Police are investigating and say it may just be a harmless prank.