Police warn Pokemon GO players of potential robbery threat

Published: Jul. 11, 2016 at 10:46 AM CDT
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Robbers are starting to take notice of the popular smartphone game Pokemon GO, which requires users to look at their phone while searching for Pokemon in different locations.

It's easy for players to keep their eyes glued to their phone and lose focus of what's going on around them.

This weekend, Omaha Police Officer Ryan Miller tweeted, "We had the first report of robbery while playing Pokemon GO in Omaha. Please pay attention to your surroundings. Don't be a victim."

In O'Fallon, Missouri, police say robbers used the game to lure victims to a parking lot by putting a so-called "beacon" on a location to draw players to that spot. Four teens robbed a person at gunpoint playing the game.