Popular game Pokemon Go has given criminals a chance to attract players to Pokemon locations and rob them at gunpoint.
The players’ obsession has turned into an opportunity for robbers as they can tempt the players, bring them to game locations, threaten them and snatch everything they own. According to a US state of Missouri police official, almost 11 Pokemon Go players have been the victim of theft and robbery following attractive game deals offered to them as a trap.
The Guardian reported that Missouri police received a robbery report at around 2:00 am. The report came from O’Fallon region, to which the officers responded instantly. The description made in the report helped the law enforcement officers reach four people belonging to the age group 16 to 18. The four local residents were in a black BMW, parked at a CVS lot. According to the police report, as soon as Sgt Bill Stringer reached the four alleged robbers, they threw away a handgun from the car.
Yahoo News stated that the suspicious behavior indicated the involvement of the four thieves into the robbery and also into the theft reported in St. Louis and St. Charles. Following the identification of suspects, the O’Fallon police department issued a warning on Facebook that described the entire matter as well the action it took. Stringer stated that adult suspects of the crime have been charged with first-degree robbery along with a felony. In addition, they had to sign a bond of $100,000 cash amount.
“The way we believe it was used is you can add a beacon to a Pokestop to lure more players,” the department posted on Facebook. “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.”
Pokemon Go has warned people to remain alert enough to sense the danger around them while Pokemoning.
Since the launch of Pokemon Go, there have been regular reports regarding the players’ serious and deep involvement into the virtual gaming world. This has resulted in minor injuries and other minimal physical and mental harm.