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Man Wanted by Police Follows Pokémon GO Straight into Police Station

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Police in Milford, Michigan were hunting for a man. The man in question was hunting for Pokémon. The two missions brought them together because the local police station was a Pokémon GO gym. The Detroit Free Press reports:

“A couple of our officers looked out the window and saw him standing out by the flagpole,” said Police Chief Tom Lindberg, noting after numerous run-ins, police recognized the individual immediately and went out to greet – and arrest – the man.

Lindberg said he wasn’t sure the man even realized where he was headed; the location-based mobile game uses GPS to guide users as they explore real life surroundings in search of virtual images, requiring users to look at their phone while not paying attention to surroundings.

“When I first learned about this game, I was very concerned it was taking young adults into places they shouldn’t necessarily be – and could get hurt, if they’re not paying attention to what’s going on around them,” Lindberg said. “But I never thought someone with a warrant would be so driven by the game that they’d walk right up to the police station.”

-via Dave Barry


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