Three teens have been arrested and charged after they used the popular new Pokemon Go app to rob people at gunpoint in the US.
According to the O’Fallon Missouri Police Department, the trio aged 17 – 18, added a beacon to PokéStops to lure people to a location before threatening them with a handgun and robbing them.
“This morning at approximately 2am we responded to the report of an Armed Robbery,” Police said in a Facebook post.
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“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 smart phone application.”
“Many of you have asked how the app was used to rob victims, the way we believe it was used is you can add a beacon to a pokestop to lure more players. Apparently they were using the app to locate ppl standing around in the middle of a parking lot or whatever other location they were in.”
They have since been charged with Robbery 1st Degree and Armed Criminal Action and have each had their bond set at $100,000.
Police issued a warning to parents about letting their children use the Pokemon Go app following the arrest.
“Many of you have heard of Pokemon Go, but for those that have not, it is a type of Geo Caching game where you find and capture Pokemon characters at various locations,” they wrote.
“If you use this app or have children that do, we ask you to please use caution when alerting strangers of your future location.”