According to a Facebook by authorities in Missouri, Pokemon Go players have been targeted by armed robbers. The post reads:
“This morning at approximately 2 AM we responded to the report of an armed robbery near the intersection of Highway K and Feise Road. We were able to locate four suspects occupying a black BMW a short time later and recover a handgun. These suspects are suspected of multiple armed robberies both in St. Louis and St. Charles Counties. It is believed these suspects targeted their victims through the Pokemon Go smartphone application.”
Authorities believe that the culprits were using Lure Modules to attract players towards their locations. For those who don’t know, a Lure Module is attached to a PokeSteop, meaning “any PokeStop under the influence can be seen on the map with a shower of pink petals around the stop. This can be seen by all players, as Pokemon attracted to the location can be found by any player at that location” (Taken from IGN Wiki). This influx of Pokemon is sure to attract the avid Pokemon Go player, and that’s where the danger lies.
Sgt. Robert Kendall wouldn’t say how the police determined that the culprits were using Pokemon Go, but did give this worrying message.
“We arrested all four suspects and recovered a handgun. We felt it important for our residents’ safety to share what we did know and remind them to be cognizant of their safety and surroundings.”
It’s worrying that people are exploiting what should be a fun and social game to commit crimes. Make sure to stay safe and be aware of your surroundings. On the plus side, Pokemon Go is quite the rage at the minute? Are you enjoying the game? Let us know in the comments!