Sheriff warns Pokemon Go players to stop trespassing

GOOCHLAND, Va. — Searching for Pokemon on a popular new smartphone game is not a valid excuse for trespassing.

That's the warning from a central Virginia sheriff's office. In a post on its official Facebook page, the Goochland Sheriff's Office links a rise in reports of trespassing and suspicious activity over the weekend to Thursday's release of the popular Pokemon Go game.

The "augmented reality" game encourages players to wander in the physical world to find and catch new Pokemon on their screens.

Deputies say they have found people on business, church, and government properties late at night when the grounds are closed.

Authorities say those actions constitute trespassing and put both members of the public and law enforcement officers at risk.

Pokemon hunt leads woman to body in river

RIVERTON, Wyo. — Authorities in central Wyoming are investigating after a woman playing the popular smartphone game Pokemon Go found a man's body in a river.

Shayla Wiggens told the Riverton Ranger newspaper that she spotted the body in the Wind River near the city of Riverton on Friday while playing the new game. It sends players to real-world locations to capture virtual creatures.

Fremont County Undersheriff Ryan Lee says the death appears to be accidental and possibly a drowning. He says evidence indicates the man went into the water where he was found.


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The victim hasn't been identified pending an autopsy. Lee says the FBI is helping in the investigation.

It comes as police in Missouri say four teens used Pokemon Go to lure victims to a location and rob them.

Associated Press