Police Are Trying to Find a Pokemon Thief
Despite Pokemon‘s popularity for decades, the franchise has recently gained more traction with the release of Pokemon Go in July of 2016. Even those who aren’t fans of Pokemon have heard it’s name quite a bit over the past few years, and today it’s because of a real life Pokemon thief!
Although there have been some bizarre crimes committed in the name of games, this may just be the icing on the cake. Just last week, a man walked into a Walmart in Mentor, Ohio, in the early morning hours and stole $300 worth of Pokemon cards. And no, we’re not joking. Now, the Mentor police department are requesting your help to find the suspect. In fact, it seems they have a sense of humor, asking for help to ‘catch him’, building off of the popular Pokemon mantra “Gotta catch ’em all!” You can read the Facebook post about it below, which includes pictures of the Pokemon thief.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Pokemon has been a topic of discussion either. Late last year a study titled Death By Pokémon from the University of Purdue found that there had been an increase in accidents following the release of Pokemon Go. The study states that Pokemon Go was responsible for 134 accidents in Tippecanoe County, Indiana during its first 148 days. This reportedly led to an estimated $498,567 in vehicular damage, 31 injuries, and two deaths.
Thankfully these stolen Pokemon cards didn’t result in anyone’s death. Hopefully the Mentor Police Department can find the culprit and bring the Pokemon cards back to their rightful place, on the shelves of Walmart, to be purchased by fans who are actually willing to pay for the privilege of owning them.
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