Hardcore Pokemon Go Players Are Becoming Easy Targets For Armed Robbers
The unfortunate side effect of Pokemon Go's immense popularity is that opportunistic armed robbers are catching players off guard as they wander into isolated areas. Police in O'Fallon, Missouri, posted a warning on Facebook giving citizens a heads up that four armed individuals in the St. Louis area used the app to target and rob victims in the past few days.
How is that possible? It's believed the robbers added a beacon to a Pokestop in the game to lure players to places like parking lots or wherever else they happened to be. As players excitedly check out the location, they become easy targets—nearly a dozen victims between the ages of 16 and 18 years old were robbed at gunpoint before the suspects were caught, Motherboard says.
There haven't been any reported robberies out of the aforementioned areas that are related to Pokemon Go, though we suspect this won't be the last of it. Bottom line—in your quest to catch them all, stay alert of your surroundings. And if you're new to the scene, be sure you're downloading the real thing and not a
Pokemon Go is a free download for Android in Google Play and iOS in the App Store.