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Criminals Are Using 'Pokemon Go!' App To Rob People

Ok, this is beyond crazy.

It's official: everyone you know is obsessed with Pokemon Go!, and it's not the least bit surprising. The mobile game gives players the ability to look for and catch Pokemon in the real world using only their smartphone, and it's cooler than anything your 10 year-old self could have ever dreamed up.

But does any good thing ever remain untainted? According to The Guardian, armed robbers are using the game to lure unsuspecting players into secluded areas and then robbing them.

Police in O'Fallon, Missouri, report that four suspects between the ages of 16 and 18 were arrested in relation to a string of armed robberies in the area, and the 18 year-old suspect(s) have been charged with first degree robbery. Authorities believe they used Pokemon Go! to lure other players into secluded areas that would make them easy targets.

"Using the geolocation feature, the robbers were able to anticipate the location and level of seclusion of unwitting victims," said Sgt Bill Stringer.

A spokesperson for the police department elaborated in a separate statement, writing, "You can add a beacon to a pokestop to lure more players. Apparently they were using the app to locate [people] standing around in the middle of a parking lot or whatever other location they were in."

As if that wasn't messed up enough, on Friday, a 19 year-old in Wyoming came across the body of a drowned man while searching for Pokemon near a local river. Kind of a buzzkill, right?


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