Police want to make sure Pokemon Go users ‘catch em all’ safely

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - Parks are becoming hot spots for people playing the Pokemon Go game.

In the game, Pokemon virtually appear based on your actual location. Through the app, people nearby can see where players are gathered to play.

Park Rangers in Tower Grove Park have downloaded the app to help them locate which areas to patrol.

The game allows players to drop a lure, which attracts Pokemon; the creatures will, in turn, attract more players.

On July 10, a person was robbed while at an isolated lure in O’Fallon. Three men and a juvenile were arrested and charged in connection with the robbery.

Police have connected those men to another robbery on July 9 on North Grand. Investigators believe the men could be connected to more robberies in the city.

Police said during the other robberies the suspects did not find the victims using the Pokemon Go game, but it does create opportunities to let people know where a group is located.

The Tower Grove Park Chief Park Ranger Steven Laughlin said rangers use the app to locate groups of people and make sure everyone stays safe.

 

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