Robbers Used Pokemon Go To Catch Victims

July 11, 2016


A group of 16-18 year olds were recently arrested after using Pokemon Go to lure victims to out-of-the-way locations where they could rob them at gunpoint. So, it's come to this. The game's been out for a week now and there's already a criminal element. I guess I can't say I'm surprised, robbing Pokemon Go players is pretty much like shooting fish in a barrel.

About eight or nine people have been robbed by four men over the past couple of days, a spokesperson from the O'Fallon Police Department told Gizmodo over the phone. The latest robbery occurred Sunday morning at around 2am by the men in a black BMW before they were finally apprehended by police.

The suspects used the Pokemon Go game to find their victims by anticipating where people might go through popular PokeStops--virtual sites in the game that can be designated at any real world location, from businesses to parking lots to churches.

The O'Fallon Police Department advises that if you're going to let your kids play Pokemon Go, make sure you keep an eye on where they're hanging out.

There's actually a popular PokeStop in the park across the street from my apartment complex, and people have been pulling up all hours of the day and night to catch Pokemon. It's funny watching all the different people that come. The best though are the ones who try to pretend like they're not playing Pokemon. Closet trainers. That said, I'm pretty sure you don't actually need a gun to rob Pokemon Go players, just tell them you know where to catch a Mewtwo and I bet they'll just give you their money.

Thanks to David D, who took the time to tell me all the Pokemon he's caught so far.

  • Meh

    This game will be responsible for many darwin awards. Too bad in the Netherlands they actually stop the trains when morons playing it are walking on the tracks. In my view this would be the perfect opportunity to get rid of a bunch of those idiots.

  • PUNX

    yeah there is actually a popular PokeStop in the park across the street from me, but it has nothing to do with this game. Best to stay away from there at night

  • GeneralDisorder

    Is that pronounced poke-stop or poké-stop?

  • Tigerh8r

    How in the world did people not see this coming?

    "Lets create a game where strangers on the internet can lead teenagers around IRL." - Brilliant!

  • Frédéric Purenne

    "If you are going to let your kids play Pokemon Go"

    Why would I give a smartphone to a kid? *looks around in the mall* Oh yeah... breeders.


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