Four teens allegedly used the newly-released Pokemon Go game to commit multiple robberies in St. Louis and St. Charles counties, police say.
Brett Miller, 17, of St. Peters, Jamine Warner, 18, of O’Fallon,Mo., and Shane Backer, 18, of Wentzville are charged with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action.
A 16-year-old suspect has also been charged
The suspects were located by O’Fallon Police after responding to an armed robbery call around 2:00 a.m. near Highway K and Feise Road in St. Charles County.
The suspects were sitting inside a vehicle, police said. A handgun was recovered from the suspects.
Police believe the suspects conducted multiple armed robberies by targeting their victims through the mobile game Pokemon Go.
They believe the suspects added a beacon near a Poke-stop in their location, which could lure more players nearby.
The mobile game is a geo-cached mobile application where players can find and catch Pokemon in their area or the surrounding areas.
At this time, it is not known what items were stolen from victims.
O’Fallon Police are warning those who play the game or have children who play the game to do so with caution.