Missouri Police: Armed Robbers Used Pokémon GO to Lure Victims
posted on by Karen Ressler
Police in O'Fallon, Missouri arrested four teenagers suspected of using a beacon in the Pokémon GO smartphone game to lure players into armed robbery on Sunday.
The O'Fallon Missouri Police Department posted a press release on Facebook explaining that police had responded to a report of armed robbery, found the suspects in a BMW, and recovered a handgun. The press release further explained, "It is believed these suspects targeted their victims through the Pokémon GO smart phone application."
Police believe the suspects have been involved in nearly a dozen armed robberies, not necessarily using Pokémon GO. Authorities charged three of the teenagers (ages 17, 18, and 18) with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action. Juvenile authorities held the fourth suspect (age 16) in custody.
The Pokémon GO app launched in select countries last week.
Thanks to Danielle Jackson for the news tip.