Police investigating robbery of Pokémon Go players

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Police St. JosephSt. Joseph Police are investigating a robbery of Pokémon Go players Sunday night. 

According to Sgt. Roy Hoskins, around 9:30 p.m., two individuals were playing the Pokémon Go game on their phones and looking for the virtual creatures in the 1500 block of McArthur Driver near the Nature Center. Hoskins said two white males jumped from a tree, one brandished a silver glock-style pistol and demanded wallets and phones and then ran off into the woods. 

Hoskins said the suspects are described as white males, both in their 20s to early 30s, one about 5’7” to 5’9” weighing 150 Ibs with his face covered with a bandanna. The other was about 5’7” weighing 150 to 170 lbs, with shaggy hair and a cloth or shirt over his face. 

Hoskins said anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the  TIPS Hotline at (816) 238-TIPS. 

Hoskins said during the middle to late part of last week they began receiving more and more calls during the midnight shift hours regarding people trespassing who are playing the Pokemon Go game. 

“Officers are now familiar with how (the game) works,” Hoskins said. “We’ve been trying to talk with people that make complaints and let them know what it is.” 

Hoskins said he cautions property owners to report trespassers before using any force and also caution Pokémon game players to be careful of whose property they enter as they may be there illegally and to always be aware of their surroundings.