Man Robbed of Cellphone While Playing 'Pokemon Go': Long Island Police - NBC New York

Man Robbed of Cellphone While Playing 'Pokemon Go': Long Island Police

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    'Pokemon Go' Can Lead to Real-Life Pains

    Beware: "Pokemon Go," a new smartphone game based on cute Nintendo characters like Squirtle and Pikachu, can be harmful to your health. News 4's Rana Novini reports. (Published Tuesday, July 12, 2016)

    Police on Long Island are investigating an armed robbery in which they say a cellphone was stolen from a man playing the popular "Pokemon Go" game on his smartphone.

    Suffolk County police say the 19-year-old man was walking in Lake Ronkonkoma while playing the game around 5 p.m. Wednesday evening when a sedan with at least three people pulled up alongside him.

    Police say one of the passengers told the victim to give him his cellphone. When the victim hesitated, another passenger showed him a gun and demanded the phone. The victim then handed over the phone and took off.

    No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.

    'Pokemon Go' Leads User to Dead Body

    [NATL] 'Pokemon Go' Leads User to Dead Body
    A Wyoming woman found a dead body floating in a river while playing the new "Pokemon Go" game on her smartphone. “I didn’t know what to do,” Shayla Wiggins remembered. “I was really scared, so I was just like, ‘I should just call 911.’ And then I called 911, and they told me to go wait up at the highway for a police officer.”
    (Published Monday, July 11, 2016)

    Police across the country are urging Pokemon players to use caution and always pay attention to their surroundings.

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