“Pokemon Go” trainers have experienced a multitude of unfortunate events from falling off skateboards to finding a dead body floating in the water all in an effort to “Catch Them All” but the latest problem to rise out of this interactive gameplay has occurred in Missouri, where players were robbed by a real life “Team Rocket.”
Police believe that as many as eight to eleven trainers were lured to a Pokestop-a designated popular location that attracts a multitude of Pokemon and players- that contained a beacon, otherwise known as a “Lure Module,” and were then promptly robbed at gunpoint by four individuals in a black BMW.
The O’Fallon Missouri Police Department believes that the four suspects added the module to lure unsuspecting victims to them.
“Apparently they were using the app to locate people standing around in the middle of a parking lot or whatever other location they were in,” the department wrote on their Facebook.
Sgt. Bill Stringer said in a statement to Buzzfeed that by using this “geolocation feature” the robbers were “able to anticipate the location and level of seclusion of unwitting victims.”
The police promptly arrested the armed men Sunday, July 10, at approximately 2a.m. when they responded to an Armed Robbery report. Three of the robbers(pictured left to right) 18-year old Jamine James D., 17-year old Brett William Miller and 18-year old Shane Michael Baker were charged with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action.
They have a cash-only bond set at $100,000. The fourth armed robber was a 16-year old minor and has been sent to the Juvenile Justice Center in St. Charles, Missouri.
It is unclear if the minor has also been charged.
Mug shots courtesy of O’Fallon Missouri Police Department.