Armed robbers used Pokémon Go to target victims in Missouri

As popular as Pokémon Go has become, sending players out into the real world to find pokémon, it is creating new, unexpected problems. The O'Fallon, Missouri Police Department reported on Facebook today that armed robbers have used the app to lure victims in and rob them at gunpoint.

The police received reports about the robberies and were able to apprehend four suspects in the area. Apparently, the thieves used the app to set up a beacon at a Pokéstop within the game. Using this method, Sergeant Bill Stringer of the OPD told Motherboard that the culprits were able to rob 11 players, all between the ages of 16 and 18, in the St. Louis and St. Charles counties of Missouri.

Players going out into the world to find pocket monsters are already running into all sorts of bizarre mishaps. In addition to the app causing unexpected soreness because kids are suddenly exercising, one Wyoming teen discovered a dead body floating in her hometown river while out playing the game. It should go without saying, but stay safe out there.


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"…unexpected…"?

My first thought also.

The fiends!

Gotta catch ’em all…

I think the most positive thing about these Pokémon Go was reading "kids are reporting soreness" because they are not used to exercise.

I’m surprised that media is covering these negative events but not also reporting at the Pokémon Go benefits. We’ve been trying to figure out how to engage in exercise while entertaining new generations through Fitness Apps, Xbox Kinect, PS Move and here Pokémon Go does this unintentionally.

If people were to focus on this type of benefit I would encourage more people to play the game but instead of venturing into the wild alone… bring friends!

except no one keeps their head up…

So why in the hell didn’t they just use AR to make the background transparent for everything in the app? I kept wondering that as I was walking around staring at my phone playing pokemon go.

Because that would suck the life out of that battery even faster. I think Ingress was easier because you didn’t have random events. You knew where the portals were and had to get to them. With Pokemon, having random ones pop up means more time looking at the phone.

I didn’t even consider battery life, as I constantly play pokemon go and keep wondering why my phone is dying lol.

Haha being an Ingress player since the beta, I know all too well about the battery sucking magic that Niantic can cause on one’s phone. Turn on battery saver in the game setting; when you want to just incubate your eggs, hold your phone upside down. The screen will go black, but you’ll still get your walking distance tracked.

Just buy a bunch of battery packs and you’ll be set.

AR?

One wonders why they didn’t use background gps with the M7 co-processor, notifications and linking up through HealthKit so that it could function as an always app without having to be always open and looked at, which is kinda dumb.

Society is becoming more like the Eloi, slow, lazy and dumb. Better to be a Morlock than an Eloi.

Jesus Christ, all those motion controlled games were bound to fail. This could keep kids outside, IF more it keeps being updated.

causing unexpected soreness because kids are suddenly exercising

lol

My mother was linked an article on how a grown adult stopped their car in the middle of a freeway to catch Pikachu and cause an accident, and immediately contacted me asking what the game was about with a "pre-disapproved" tone.

I like how it encourages exploring your community and brings the Pokemon series a step closer towards reality, but people shouldn’t be losing common sense over this.

…but but… it was Pikachu!

I jest, totally agree with you.

There’s a pokemon go gym at a bank near my house. It was closed yesterday so literally every person who went over there was playing pokemon go. I battled and lost at the gym earlier in the day actually. But later that night I was just driving thru the parking lot on my way home and some guy almost ran into my car because he was driving while playing pokemon go. He was staring at his phone, he almost didn’t look up in time to stop his truck.

I literally only understood half of what you wrote. Pokemon go gym ? Huh?

A gym, in pokemon go.

My mother was linked an article on how a grown adult stopped their car in the middle of a freeway to catch Pikachu and cause an accident, and immediately contacted me asking what the game was about with a "pre-disapproved" tone.

I like how it encourages exploring your community and brings the Pokemon series a step closer towards reality, but people shouldn’t be losing common sense over this.

People have to stop driving and playing. I play at red lights but don’t even glance at my phone while actually driving.

Was on my jog when I saw a bunch of people playing this. Suddenly, a random group appeared with heaps of eggs and started throwing it at them, calling them "nerds" and "virgins" or something. Not good.

We just can’t have nothin’ nice these days …

How would they know where the nerds would gather without downloading the app? Sounds like they’re nerds in denial.

I’m not "into" Pokemon and I wasn’t that interested in Ingress (I mention that because the games are a bit similar in terms of how they work) but this game has really gotten to me. The only other game that’s bitten me in a similar way back 2 years ago was Puzzle & Dragon and I decided to drop that game like a hot potato when I found myself spending money on it.

I went to the Zoo on Saturday and am so disappointed in myself. Every shot my wife took of me had me looking at my phone, a truly sad state. There are people out there who’re playing A LOT more than I do too so I can only imagine what they look like doing it. Since then I’ve let up a lot. I play it when I’m in downtime and by myself now.

I’ve witnessed some really odd driving behavior ever since the game’s been out as well; people suddenly veering off to the side of the highway and roads, slowing to a crawl when there’s no traffic ahead of them, weird stuff, and am almost positive that people are driving with the game running. I tried it and both pokemon and the points of interest, will pop up while driving. This to me is something they should probably fix before it becomes a bigger problem than it probably already has become.

I think it’s something that can be potentially really great if they can curb some of people’s bad habits. In terms of the whole getting robbed thing – user discretion is always the key. I wouldn’t be going anywhere non-public to mess around. Malls, Airports, Attractions – play there.

Life pro-tip: Don’t be a dumbass.

Also, now even "normal" people are going to start seeing the real effects of "harmless online tracking", as the "bad guys" will use this sort of stuff even more in the future.

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