UPDATE: New Pokemon Go Crimes In Texas, Missouri, California, Maryland, Virginia
Pokemon Go is less than a week old but law enforcement agencies across the United States are already reporting an alarming number of crimes linked to the popular new app. Criminals use the highly addictive game to find their victims by locating 'PokéStops' (locations in the game and actual places in the real-world). These locations include landmarks, churches, buildings, restaurants, parks, statues, etc. The robbers go to the location to drop items in the game and then rob someone who tries to catch Pokemon or pick up the items.
A man in Austin, TX was robbed at gunpoint while playing Pokemon Go at a bus stop. Police were able to arrest 30-year-old Corey Charlton. Police charged Charlton with aggravated robbery and booked him into the Travis County jail.
Four teens in suburban St. Louis the popular Pokemon game to lure victims to a specific location where they would rob them. Police said 8 to 10 people were robbed in O'Fallon, just outside of St. Louis.
According to police four people were robbed in three separate incidents involving Pokemon Go in Maryland. Three of four victims were robbed Tuesday night at the University of Maryland-College Park campus. The suspect is described as a man wearing a black mask and dark clothing. Please contact authorities if you have any information.
David Wallace and his friend were playing Pokemon Go at Lone Oak Park in Antelope, CA Sunday when approached by a gunman. The robber told the victims: "If you don't want to get hurt, give me your phones." Police say the criminal took the men’s cellphones, cash and Suzuki Grand Vitara car.
Two other teens also had their phones stolen in a separate crime near San Francisco.