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Police in Missouri Say Teens Used Pokemon Go to Rob Victims

In Wyoming, the popular video game leads woman to body in river

Just days after being made available in the U.S., the mobile game Pokemon Go has jumped to become the top-grossing app in the App Store, photo: AP/Richard Vogel
1 year ago

O’FALLON, Missouri/RIVERTON, Wyoming — Police in Missouri say four teens robbed victims after luring them to a specific location using the new Pokemon Go smartphone game.

Police said Sunday that four teens used the game to draw victims to a spot in O’Fallon, just outside of St. Louis, and then robbed them.

The recently released game sends players to locations to collect various creatures. Police say the robbers used the game to lure victims by putting a “beacon” at a location to draw in players.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports police arrested the four teens after responding to a call for a robbery near a gas station Sunday. The suspects are between the ages of 16 and 18.

Police said the suspects may have been involved in similar robberies around St. Louis.

Also, in the central Wyoming city of Riverton, authorities are investigating after a woman playing the popular smartphone game Pokemon Go found a man’s body in a river.

Shayla Wiggens told the Riverton Ranger newspaper that she spotted the body in the Wind River near the city of Riverton on Friday while playing the new game on a search through real-world locations to capture virtual creatures.

Fremont County Undersheriff Ryan Lee says the death appears to be accidental and possibly a drowning. He says evidence indicates the man went into the water where he was found.

The victim hasn’t been identified pending an autopsy. Lee says the FBI is helping in the investigation.

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