Police in the USA state of New Hampshire are using Pokemon Go in an attempt to lure fugitives into their clutches. The already beloved free-to-play mobile title has become a worldwide phenomenon, with even the mysteries of Area 51 not free from the attention of Pokemon trainers.
Appearances of rare Pokemon have caused massive crowd gatherings all over the world, with recently the appearance of ultra-rare Pokemon Vaporeon in Central Park, New York, causing players to flock together.
The Manchester Police Department announced on Facebook that a Charizard is available to a few "lucky ones" on a list...the wanted persons list, that is. Come down to the station to capture Charizard.
The list of individuals the Manchester, NH police force linked to was its official wanted list, which included alleged criminals accused of everything from contempt of court, to forcible rape. Since the post went up late Saturday night, it's captured more than 13,000 "likes". Indeed, the police in Milford, Michigan, had much more luck catching a crook, after a player with an outstanding warrant turned up at the police station to try and install himself as the new gym leader.
The app was only officially launched for all users on July 14, but some players had managed to get early access by working around country restrictions.
Last week, police in Missouri reported that armed robbers used the game to lure victims to secluded areas.
It's not "just a game" anymore; it's turning out to be more than that.
Pokemon GO is available now for iOS and Android devices.