Published: Tue, July 12, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Mo. police: Armed robbers used Pokemon Go to target victims

That's what police in Missouri say happened early Sunday when they responded to reports of an armed robbery in O'Fallon, according to a department Facebook post.

Three were charged with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action; the fourth has been transferred to a nearby juvenile justice center.

"Pokemon Go" uses your phone's camera and Global Positioning System which means the app draws people to similar locations like a park.

In an unrelated incident, a teenager in Wyoming discovered a body while exploring a river bank in search of water-type Pokemon last week, according to the local news outlet KTVQ. The suspects are said to be locating their targets through the game. These suspects are suspected of multiple Armed Robberies both in St. Louis and St. Charles Counties.

Police in O'Fallon said the four teenagers - Shane Michael Baker, 18, Brett W Miller, 17, Jamine James D Warner, 18 and a youth too young to be named - may have been involved in almost a dozen robberies in St Louis, St Louis County and St Charles County.

The mobile game is a virtual scavenger hunt where players find and catch pokemon in their neighborhoods.

The San Francisco Police Department issued an exhaustive list that has one basic premise: Pay attention to what you're doing in the real world while playing the game.

The police department said many people will be asking how the suspects were able to lure the suspects.

The game allows players to drop a lure, which attracts Pokemon; the creatures will, in turn, attract more players. I guess when the APB went out there was a police auto behind them in traffic and they were all arrested within ten minutes of the robbery itself.

The game was the most downloaded free app on Apple's app store while Nintendo's shares surged almost 25 percent for their biggest daily gains in history after Pokemon Go's takeoff.

As "Pokemon Go" continues to explode in popularity, authorities advise to always be aware of your surroundings while playing the game, to never play it from behind the wheel, do not trespass, and do not release your location.

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