Police in New Hampshire use rare Pokémon Go character to catch fugitive

Crime-fighting forces in the US state have come up with a seemingly ingenious way to trap criminals

Police in the US state of New Hampshire are using the Pokémon Go craze as a new method of catching criminals.

Authorities in the state’s city of Manchester released a statement on their official Facebook page last night that claimed that one of the mobile game’s most elusive characters, Charizard, had been spotted in their booking area.

The statement on their page, entitled “Attention all area #PokemonGo players”, is specifically targetted at “a specific number of people”, with the viewer’s attention then directed to a link to a page of the police department’s ‘most wanted persons’. “If your name appears on the following list you are one of the lucky ones,” the post continues. “Come down to the station to capture Charizard. Hurry before the Charizard leaves!”

See the full post below:

Although tongue-in-cheek in nature, the post has generated much appreciation online, earning 27,000 likes and 13,000 shares – impressive numbers for a page that only has 6,000 likes itself.

Pokémon Go is now the most popular mobile game in US history, with just under 21 million daily active users in the United States – surpassing Candy Crush Saga’s peak US audience of 20 million users a day.

However, another report suggests that Candy Crush Saga users spend more time playing that game than Pokémon Go gamers do. Candy Crush Saga has a average total daily usage of approximately 43 minutes compared to Pokémon Go’s 33.5 minutes.