PokemonGo users search all over to meet up with other virtual characters in the real world. However, some users haven’t exactly found what they were looking for. Reportedly, the app has been used to lure victims into locations to be robbed.
Four suspects have been arrested in Missouri after police responded to reports of a local robbery early Sunday. The four teens are being held in custody and are suspected to be behind 10 to 11 armed robberies in St. Louis and St. Charles counties. According to Sgt. Bill Stringer, they used the app to lure victims into the robberies. So far, a handgun was found in one of the suspects’ black BMW.
“The way we believe the app was used is you can add a beacon to a Pokestop to lure more players,” the O’Fallon Police Department wrote on a Facebook post.
The PokemonGo app allows users to virtually interact with other Pokemon characters and has a “Lure Module” that players can use to attract others to their location in order to collect items and level up faster.
The app has reportedly been causing issues since it was released in July. Users have been driving while using the app, but no other robberies have been reported.
“Its causing people to be distracted. They’re going around catching these pikachus,” Stringer said. “Clearly, it’s a distraction.”
Police are warning people who use this app (or other similar type apps) or have children that do to “please use caution when alerting strangers of your future location.”
Written By: Taylor Bennett