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US cops ditched robbery call for ‘Pokemon Go’ hunt

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Two United States (US) police officers who went off to hunt for Pokemon instead of responding to a robbery have been fired.

Louis Lozano and Eric Mitchell cruised the streets searching for fantastic creatures in the augmented reality smartphone game, documents show, bagging a relatively rare Snorlax, as well as a difficult-to-trap Togetic – but no criminals.

In-car recording of their conversation revealed that they had heard the call for help at the Los Angeles department store, but decided instead to drive off.

“Officer Mitchell alerted Lozano that Snorlax ‘just popped up’,” legal documents relating to their dismissal show.

More details on Thursday’s Borneo Bulletin

 

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