Armed robbers in the US have used new video game Pokémon Go to lure “unwitting victims” into areas of “seclusion” before carrying out their crimes.
Pokémon Go – released to much fanfare last week – is an augmented-reality edition of the popular game franchise and sees the fictional creatures superimposed into real life settings.
The game has already attracted controversy, with police in Australia issuing a warning over gamer safety that users should be aware of their surroundings, while it has also been reported that a gamer found a dead body while playing the game.
The Guardian now reports that armed robbers in O’Fallon, Missouri used the game’s multi-player feature – which allows users to congregate at a specific location – to entrap victims.
“Using the geolocation feature, the robbers were able to anticipate the location and level of seclusion of unwitting victims,” Sgt Bill Stringer said.
Four suspects, all aged between 16 and 18, were later arrested and charged with first degree robbery. They are also thought to be connected to robberies in other nearby counties.