Three men charged over Pokemon Go robberies

Three men in Missouri have been charged with robbery and armed criminal actions after authorities said they seemed to have targeted victims using a new Pokemon phone game.

Police in O'Fallon, Missouri, said that four people in a black BMW with a handgun were arrested just after 2am on Sunday following a report of an armed robbery.

The fourth person, a juvenile, has been taken to a youth detention centre.

Pokemon can be found by going to real-life locations Credit: Niantic Inc

The game, which was released last week, is an augmented reality game where users need to find Pokemon characters hidden in real world locations and capture them.

In a statement, O'Fallon Missouri police department said: "The way we believe it was used is you can add a beacon to a pokestop to lure more players.

"Apparently they were using the app to locate people standing around in the middle of a parking lot or whatever other location they were in."

The full statement was posted on Facebook:

The arrests come just two days after a 19-year-old woman playing the game discovered a dead body floating in a river while hunting for a 'water-type Pokemon'.