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Teens Rob Teens With Pokémon

11 teens robbed at gunpoint playing Pokémon Go.

BY Jason S Ganesan | Jul 11, 2016 | Culture

Teen robbers in Missouri used Pokémon Go to lure up to 11 other teens into an empty parking lot, and relieved them of their personal items with the aid of a gun.

The perps—Shane Backer, Jamine Warner and Brett Miller—anticipated where Pokémon Go users would be passing through using popular Pokéstop. They then created beacons that would attract more Pokémon, and hence more kids—eventually luring them into parking lots, where they would be waiting in a black BMW with guns.

Or something. We’ll let Sgt Bill Stringer of the O’Fallon Police Department explain: “As far as we can tell you can put a Pokébeacon or something on it and it attracts Pokémans [sic] and alerts other players to your location.”

Backer, Warner (both 18) and Miller (17) have been charged with robbery in the 1st degree and armed criminal action, and will all be tried as adults, despite Miller’s age.

Pokémon Go—which requires users to wander blind into certain locations that they would probably never go to under any other circumstance–was going to get, well, interesting.

In what seems stolen from one of those laboured Law and Order: SVU intros, 19-year-old Shayla Wiggins from Wyoming finding a dead body when looking for a Pokémon in a river.

And Louis Park, an American volunteer who is fighting ISIS alongside a Kurdish militia, caught his first Pokémon on the front line in Mosul.