Pokemon GO player robbed while playing in Omaha park

Posted at 6:14 PM, Jul 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-11 19:18:53-04

The Pokémon GO app has only been around for a week, and so far thousands of gamers are addicted to the new virtual scavenger hunt around Omaha.

The interactive smart phone game lets people find Pokémon and collect them by walking around different parts of town.

‘”We have been catching them from Indiana, through Ohio, and Illinois, and Iowa, and now we are here" said Megan Cabral.

Cabral and husband are in town visiting a friend, and going out to play Pokémon GO was a good way to explore the city.

“Last night we were at a park at 10:30, and there were three other groups doings the exact same thing,” said Jose Cabral.

While people are locked into their phones looking for Pokémon, police are urging users to be careful of their surroundings.

Sunday night Brett Jackson said he was playing at Dewey Park when two men punched him in the face and stole his phone.

“This happened in broad daylight at 5:30pm, so it's not like I was out when I shouldn't have been out,” he said.

Jackson said he was terrified and he now realizes he must have looked like an easy target. 

“I am honestly not that surprised, I just never thought it would happen to me, but you get something good and someone out there has to ruin it for everyone else.”

For other players, they said they will stay in groups to avoid being targets.

“If you have a group of people, it is easier to watch out for something like that,” said Megan Cabral.

Jackson said he was able to get his phone back and will keep playing Pokémon GO, but will make sure this never happens to him again.

“Don't wear headphone when you do it, I had my iPod going so I didn't hear anything as well as see anything, so you really want to free up as any of your senses as you can,” he said.