Pokemon players targeted

St. Louis, Miss. (KSDK) — The Pokemon Go app is a bit like a scavenger hunt, pinpointing on a map different Pokemon themed treasures and creatures you can find around you.

The app has exploded in popularity since its release, and police are warning that criminals are taking advantage of that fact.

One Missouri man who was robbed while playing the game says he simply didn’t notice he had walked into a trap.

It started as a late night cigarette run to a gas station in O’Fallon. Even though it was 2 A.M., Nikolas Howard didn’t mind.

“It was just a few blocks away, so I might as well pull my app up and just hove it,” said Howard.

For the past two days Howard has been tracking Pokemon around the city. The app led Howard to a parking lot, a popular checkpoint just across the street from a gas station.

That’s when Howard noticed a black BMW pull in behind him.

“There were four kids inside. The kid in the back passenger seat had a silver pistol. He got out of the car and put it into my face, told me to ‘lose my stuff’,” said Howard.

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