O’Fallon Police Locate Suspects Believed to Use Pokemon Go to Lure Victims

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UPDATE: A press release from O’Fallon Police reports that the original 911 call came from the Circle K at Feise Road and Highway K. The victim described the four suspects in a black BMW. When an officer stopped a BWM on the CVS parking lot further south on Highway K at Highway N, an occupant tried to throw a handgun out of the vehicle. The four suspects are in custody.

O’Fallon Police located four suspects Sunday morning who may be involved in multiple armed robberies of Pokemon Go players.

According to a press release, police responded to a report of an armed robbery at 2 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of Highway K and Feise Road. There, they located four suspects in a black BMW. Later, a handgun was recovered.

“These suspects are suspected of multiple Armed Robberies both in St. Louis and St. Charles Counties,” police said. “It is believed these suspects targeted their victims through the Pokemon Go smart phone application.”

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Pokemon Go is a smartphone app game that uses GPS mapping to place Pokemon characters at various locations so that players can find and capture them. Police believe that the suspects may be using the game to locate players standing around in parking lots or other locations that have had “beacons” placed to lure players.

Police ask that anyone using the app or similar apps use caution when alerting strangers of their location.