Pokémon Go Used to Lure Victims in Robberies

Pokémon Go Used to Lure Victims in Robberies

In a post from the O’Fallon, Missouri’s police department Facebook page, criminals are using Pokémon Go – the augmented reality monster-catching game – to set up robberies in the St. Louis area.

"Apparently they were using the app to locate ppl [sic] standing around in the middle of a parking lot or whatever other location they were in," O'Fallon cops said in the statement. It goes on to say that a beacon was used in the game to lure the players to a specific location.

Suspects are currently in custody, but have yet to be charged. In a story from Polygon, the four robbers were also wanted for multiple other similar charges in the region. A news release also implies that Pokémon Go was used in these robberies.

"If you use this app (or other similar type apps) or have children that do we ask you to please use caution when alerting strangers of your future location," the O'Fallon police added.


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Comments Comments (6)

Posted by Bunnny
On Monday 11 Jul 2016 9:56 AM

There is no location sharing with others in Pokemon Go.

It's the fact a Pokestops was in a secluded and isolated spot and a lure was placed to lure people not Pokemon.

Simply don't go out a long, and don't go anywhere dodgy.
Posted by piratemonkey
On Monday 11 Jul 2016 10:45 AM
This wont be the last News Story of the evils of Pokemon go.
Currently the various news sources are full of stories about it as harmless fun , they will soon printing more and more stories with tales of woe spreading fear and despondency.

Pretty standard News cycle
Posted by Bank
On Monday 11 Jul 2016 12:30 PM
The real crime is how ugly the game design is.

And remember folks: on your way to become the very best make sure you always have two or more buddies with you. One of them should at least be an artist or a womanizing chef. Safety precautions.
Posted by ninja
On Monday 11 Jul 2016 2:21 PM
Pretty much need to stay safe, at night and in dodgy areas
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Monday 11 Jul 2016 7:38 PM
tbh im surprised somebody hasn't been killed while using pokemon go yet.
Posted by mOnStErSoFpUnK
On Monday 11 Jul 2016 7:44 PM
We were at Countdown in Lower Hutt yesterday around 4pm and there was a group of "undesirables" who followed my partner and brother out from the supermarket (i had gone ahead with trolley) and attempted to get their phones as they tried to catch something. Luckily we parked close and they just jumped in the car but it makes people a target for muggings it's ridiculous. Gotta keep an eye and ear out on our fellow trainers, even in highly populated areas