Missouri police say suspects targeted robbery victims with Pokemon Go app

Police in Fallon, Missouri, say four teens used the Pokemon Go cellphone app to target victims that they robbed Sunday.

According to a press release, at approximately 2 a.m. Sunday, the police department responded to a report of an armed robbery near the intersection of Highway K and Feise Road in O’ Fallon. Police located four suspects occupying a black BMW a short time later and recover a handgun. The suspects, police say, are suspected of multiple armed robberies, both in St. Louis and St. Charles, counties. It is believed that the suspects targeted their victims through the Pokemon Go smartphone application.

Many have heard of Pokemon Go, police said, but for those that have not it is a type of geo-caching game where players find and capture Pokemon characters at various locations. If using the app (or other similar type apps) or have children that do, police ask players and parents to use caution when alerting strangers of locations.

“Many of you have asked how the app was used to rob victims, the way we believe it was used is you can add a beacon to a pokestop to lure more players. Apparently, they were using the app to locate ppl standing around in the middle of a parking lot or whatever other location they were in.” the release said.

All three adult suspects involved in three armed robbery have been charged by the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office with robbery first degree and armed criminal action. Bond was set in the amount of $100,000 cash only. The suspects will be transferred to the St. Charles County Department of Corrections.

The fourth suspect who is a juvenile was transferred to the St.Charles County Juvenile Justice Center. Shane Michael Baker is an 18-year-old Wentzville resident; Brett William Miller is a 17-year-old St. Peters resident; and Jamine James D. Warner is an 18-year-old O’Fallon resident, the release said.