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.