Police in Manchester, New Hampshire, have used Pokémon Go to catch criminals.
The police department posted the following on their Facebook page:
“Attention all area #PokemonGo players: we have recently found out that there is a #Charizard in our booking area. With the Charizard being such a rare character, we are only inviting a specific number of people. If your name appears on the following list you are one of the lucky ones. Come down to the station to capture Charizard. Hurry before the Charizard leaves!”
The post then linked to the Police Department’s wanted list on their website. Their Wanted List is nearly 50 pages long and everyone from Alex Acevedo to William Ziemieski were invited down to booking to catch a Charizard and for the law to catch-up with them.
Pokémon Go is a mobile video game based off of the popular Japanese Pokémon animated series that has been around since the 1990s.
The app is termed as a “augmented reality” video game where people move their character by moving themselves in the real-world. After they have traveled a certain distance, they have a greater chance of finding an animated monster to catch.
Pokémon has grown to massive levels of popularity worldwide and the opportunity to catch rare monsters in the game has lead to gatherings of massive crowds like the recent swarm in Central Park in New York City.
[The Guardian] [Entertainment Weekly]