It seems that Pokemon GO is becoming robbers’ latest ploy in to victimize people.
In O’Fallon Missouri, police managed to charge three suspects with armed robbery after targeting victims actively playing Pokémon GO.
Pokémon GO is unlike any other mobile game application. It is a mobile game that encourages players to step out in search of virtual Pokémon. Once a player is within the proximity of a Pokémon, their phone would vibrate. With the Pokémon detected, the player can catch it by taking “aim” using their smartphone’s touch screen and throwing a Poké Ball.
The game gets a little challenging as the Pokémon doesn’t stay still. Players are encouraged to catch it before it runs away.
Aside from this, Pokémon GO encourages players to stop by PokéStops in order to collect more Poké Ball. These stops usually lead players to historical markers, monuments, public art installations, and other interesting places. The O’Fallon Missouri Police Department believes the suspects added a beacon to some of these PokéStops in order to lure more victims.
Aside from this, the police believe that the four suspects were utilizing the geo-caching feature of Pokémon GO in order to target and rob their victims. Earlier at 2 a.m., police were called to respond to an armed robbery near the intersection of Highway K and Feise Road. The suspects were found occupying a black BMW and police also recovered a handgun.
Three of the suspects were identified as 18-year-old Shane Michael Baker from Wentzville, 17-year-old Brett William Miller from St. Peters and 18-year-old Jamine James D. Warner from O’Fallon. Police said that the fourth suspect is a juvenile and has been transferred to the St. Charles County Juvenile Justice Center. These men are also allegedly responsible for armed robberies in both St. Louis and St. Charles counties.
For now, the suspects will be transferred to St. Charles County Department of Corrections. Bond has been set to $100,000 in cash.