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How police are responding after recent robbery involving Pokemon Go

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Police say they are concerned that the new app Pokemon Go may make users the targets of criminals.

The concern comes after four people allegedly used the app commit multiple robberies in St. Charles and St. Louis Counties. The four are accused of using the app to lure nearby victims.

Authorities say they must get up to speed quickly so they can protect those who may become victims through the app.

“We learn from the bad guys, they are always a step ahead of us. We don’t like to admit that, but the truth is that as technology advances, budget crunches hold back the city financially to keep up with the changes,” said Lt. Tony Moutray with the Pevely Police Department.

“Bad guys can get that app just as well and goals of the game are the same, whether you are a 13-year-old or an 18-year-old mugger. They are going to take you to the same location and the same point in this game,” Moutray said.

Moutray said officers spotted people playing the game on the streets of Pevely Saturday night.

“We saw people walking down the streets in weird places we don’t typically see people, such as behind one of the churches and down in the park after dark,” said Moutray. “We heard a little bit about it. I have kids at home and they talked about but I never put two and two together. I thought you sit and home and play it.”

Moutray said he is unsure if the game will have staying power.

“I think it’s just a phase, like geo phase used to be a big deal in parks but that went away. There will be something else that comes up and will probably keep kids grounded to their rooms inside.”

The four people accused in the Pokemon Go robbery are also connected to an armed robbery in St. Louis City, but police believe that incident did not involve the app.

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