For many Tennessee residents, the thought of playing a video game does not generally lead to the thought of being arrested for criminal activity. It is more common to associate criminal arrests with things other than simple recreation or entertainment. However, a game that hit the U.S. market in early July is changing that.
Four people in St. Louis have been arrested and are accused of essentially using the new video game to enable them to commit crimes. The game blends the virtual reality world with the actual world and encourages interactions with other participants. Those interactions can come in the form of finding other players or attracting them to come to certain locations. It is this feature of the game that opened the door for the four defendants to be accused of crimes.
Authorities are asserting that the defendants illegally summoned innocent people to specific areas and then took the opportunity to steal from them once they arrived. In addition, reports allege that the four who were arrested took advantage of the location identification service of the game to find people who were close where they were. Again, theft was the crime that reportedly took place regardless of how supposed victims were found.
Tennessee residents who find themselves facing accusations of theft or other such criminal behavior may want to contact a lawyer. Doing so may make it easier to decide how to proceed in a criminal defense process.
Source: The Tennessean, "Armed robbers use Pokemon Go to target victims," Lauren Apetz, July 10, 2016