Two people were robbed near Lake Eola while engrossed in Pokémon Go this past weekend, says the Orlando Police Department.
The first robbery happened on Friday at 10:10 p.m. near the corner of S. Eola Drive and Pine Street. A 24-year-old man told police officers that he was playing Pokémon Go on his phone when two young African American men passed him on their bikes, the second snatching his phone.
The second happened a couple hours later at 12:55 a.m. Saturday, around the intersection of N. Rosalind Ave. and W. Robinson Street. A 28-year-old man told police that he wasn't paying attention to what was going on around him as he played the game on his phone when three african-american men began to beat him up. One of the attackers took the victim's phone. They then fled toward Lake Eola Park.
The game itself tells people to stay aware of their surroundings, making it the first thing people see when they open the app.
OPD recommends that you go out in groups, stay in well-lit areas, pay attention to where you're walking, don't trespass, and make sure someone always knows where you're going when you leave your house to play Pokémon Go.
This is just the latest in a string of Florida incidents related to the game. Last Saturday, two Orlando teens were shot at
by a Palm Coast resident who thought they were burglars.
Pokémon Go was first released on July 6.