Come out with your hands-on-your-Pokémon Go app up!

With the Pokémon Go viral sensation threatening to gobble up large swaths of both the virtual world and the real one we live in most of the time, it’s not a surprise that the police have gotten caught up in the phenomenon.

Recently, cops in Manchester, New Hampshire said their officers tried to lure unsuspecting Pokémon Go-playing fugitives into their headquarters by posting on Facebook that one of the more rare characters in the game had been spotted in the station’s booking area. The coppers’ invite list to come play at the station included more than 500 guys-on-the-run. It’s unclear how many, if any, showed up.

In another case, a Detroit man went by bicycle to play the game at the station, but police officers recognized him as someone with an arrest warrant.


There have also been cases of folks accidentally crashing into police cruisers while they’re playing the game.

And now comes word of a Virginia police department also using its Facebook page to reel in so-called  “random citizens” and entice them with the challenge of catching a super-rare Pokémon inside their station. And, yes, these ”random citizens” the police have invited to play are all the subject of outstanding warrants.

How convenient.

Sgt. Bryan Miller with the Smithfield Police Department is quite the prankster. He told The Virginian Pilot he came up with the idea of making a list with the names of eight people with outstanding warrants and invited them to come on down and play. “I have a sense of humour,” said Miller. “I had no idea it was going to be this big.”

Now we’ll just have to wait and see if anyone actually drops by to play.

In the meantime, check out this dude who crashed into the police car whilst in the throes of Pokémon Go:

Photo: A gamer holds a Pokémon mascot and his mobile phone in central Rome on July 19, 2016.


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  • Well … not now that they know why they’ve been invited.

  • Jaybo

    What an awful headline!

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