Search for Pokemon could lead to danger

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BELLBROOK, Ohio (WDTN) – The new Pokémon Go craze is sweeping the nation, but as players are finding monsters they are also finding trouble.

The app has turned looking for video-game characters into a real world hobby, but law enforcement is warning every one of the dangers of getting too caught up in the game.

The Pokémon Go app is similar to a scavenger hunt, pinpointing on a map different Pokémon themed treasures and creatures, you can find around you.

The game debuted just July 7th and since then reports of trespassing, reckless driving and suspicious activity as a result of those roaming around while playing the game have occurred in the Miami Valley.

“Remember that you still have to obey the law.  Please don’t trespass on to private property to catch the [Pokémon], please don’t use the app when you’re driving.  We’ve also taken complaints of people driving recklessly and we find out what they’re doing and they’re out chasing Pokémon,” City of Bellbrook Police LT. Stephen Carmin said.

In other areas, some have been lured to places and robbed or injured because they were not paying attention or being aware of their surroundings.

“Common sense.  Use safety.  If you’re going to go to a remote location to play this game, to try and increase your stats, take somebody with you don’t go by yourself,” Carmin said.

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