“Pokemon Go” being used to stage robberies, police say


ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Missouri — Police say that four men used the newly-released “Pokemon Go” game to commit multiple robberies in St. Louis and St. Charles counties, CBS affiliate KMOV reported.

Police say that they believe the suspects conducted multiple armed robberies by targeting their victims through the Pokemon Go game.

To play, you fire up the game and then start trekking to prominent local landmarks — represented in the game as “Pokestops” — where you can gather supplies such as Pokeballs. Those are what you fling at online “pocket monsters,” or Pokemon, to capture them for training. At other locations called “gyms” — which may or may not be actual gyms in the real world — Pokemon battle one another for supremacy.

Police believe the suspects added a beacon near a “Poke-stop” in their location, which could lure more players nearby, KMOV reported.

The suspects were located by O’Fallon Police after responding to an armed robbery call around 2:00 a.m. in St. Charles County. The suspects were sitting inside a vehicle, police said. A handgun was recovered from the suspects.

At this time, it is not known what items were stolen from the victims.

O’Fallon Police are warning those who play the game or have children who play the game to do so with caution.

The “augmented reality” game, which layers game play onto the physical world, became the top grossing app in the iPhone app store just days after its Wednesday release in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand.

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