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Four people have been apprehended by Missouri police early Sunday after they allegedly commited multiple armed robberies using the wildly popular "Pokemon Go" smartphone app.
According to reports, authorities arrested Shane Michael Baker, 18; Brett William Miller, 17 and Jamine James D. Warner, 18, on charges of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action. Police took a fourth suspect, who is a juvenile, to the St. Charles County Juvenile Justice Center.
O'Fallon police caught up with the suspects after they received a report of an armed robbery around 2 a.m. Sunday. Officers recovered a handgun from the suspects as they attempted to get rid of it while leaving the area, police said.
"You can add a beacon to a Poke-stop (in "Pokemon Go") to lure more players," according to the O'Fallon Police Department. "Apparently, they were using the app to locate (people) standing around in the middle of a parking lot of whatever other location they were in."
KMOV reported that the suspects were able to snatch a wallet and a phone during Sunday's robbery. The teens are also suspected in similar robberies reported in both St. Louis and St. Charles counties.
In "Pokemon Go," players use their smartphones to find "Pocket Monsters" – known more commonly as Pokemon – in the real-world using a phone's GPS information. The augmented reality game was released just this month and attracted more users than the popular Tinder dating app.