GOOCHLAND, Va. (AP/WAVY) — A central Virginia sheriff’s office is warning residents that searching for Pokemon is not a valid excuse for trespassing.
Writing on its official Facebook page, the Goochland Sheriff’s Office linked a rise in trespassing and suspicious activity reports over the weekend to Thursday’s release of the popular Pokemon Go smartphone game.
The “augmented reality” game encourages players to wander in the physical world in order 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 properties are closed.
Authorities say those actions constitute trespassing and put both members of the public and law enforcement officers at risk.
The Virginia Department of Transportation also commented on the game, tweeting Monday that “Pokemoning and driving don’t mix.”
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