In the short one week that Pokemon Go has been out, it has transformed itself into a way of life for many people. It’s frankly rare to go outside – for however long – and not spot someone walking with their phone in front of them in an attempt to catch Pokemon.
As a result, the game has caused some pretty dangerous situations. Many people have wiped out while walking and increase their risk of getting into car accidents.
The O’Fallon, Missouri, police department issued a statement this past weekend, which alerted people of an armed robbery that took place at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning. Robbers used Pokemon Go to lure their targets to secluded areas so that they could mug them.
“The way we believed it was used is you can add a beacon to a Pokestop to lure more players,” the police hypothesized in a Facebook statement. “Apparently they were using the app to locate [people] standing around in the middle of a parking lot or whatever location they were in.”
The police luckily apprehended all four people involved in the crime. They have been charged for first degree robbery and armed criminal action. Their bond has been set in the amount of $10,000.
I know you have to go catch them all, but don’t forgo your personal safety for your next Pokemon.