Public officials warn Pokemon Go players about trespassing
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Pokemon Go is the latest craze right now across the country.
But tonight, police and some public facilities say anyone found trespassing could find that it's game over.
Newschannel 3 spoke to law enforcement in Kalamazoo to explain why some places are saying Pokemon Stop.
People are hooked on the addictive mobile game.
For most of the day, people were glued to their phones at Bronson Park in Kalamazoo.
But in the last few days, some areas have become off-limits to gamers.
A zombie Pokemon Go apocalypse is upon us.
It has become something of a phenomenon in West Michigan, and nationwide.
"The nostalgia; I mean when I was a kid, Pokemon was it," said one player.
The tiny monsters invading Kalamazoo have people of all ages on the hunt for virtual creatures.
"I feel like there is an inclusive sense of anyone that is staring at a phone walking down the street, you know they are one of you," a player said.
But the gamers are ending up on private property, at government buildings and somber sites.
Digital creatures are popping up everywhere, even lurking in cemeteries, where Pokemon Go players are not granted permission.
It's prompting a warning from police and various landmarks.
"We are seeing or hearing of cases where people are trespassing, and we ask that you don't trespass; in fact, a park employee today while I was standing in this park observing this for the first time, made a complaint that someone was climbing on one of the garden structures to capture a pokemon," said Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller.
Battle Creek's VA Medical Center released a statement aimed at people thinking of trolling their property.
"We just don't want a group showing up here all of a sudden thinking this is a good place to try and play," said spokesperson Brian Pegouske.
Pegouske says the medical center doesn't want to be bombarded with trespassing players.
"Places where people are getting medical care or in national shrines like a cemetery is just not appropriate," he said.
And as players chase monsters virtually everywhere, gamers are asked to be aware of their surroundings.
The Sheriff says he encourages people to get out and enjoy the outdoors, but wants gamers to be careful and avoid private property, especially when venturing out to collect rare Pokemon.