"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.
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