Searching for Pokemon is not a valid excuse for trespassing, a central Virginia sheriff's office warned residents.
Writing on its official Facebook page Monday, the Goochland Sheriff's Office linked a rise in trespassing and suspicious activity reports over the weekend to Thursday's release of the popular Pokemon Go smartphone game.
The "augmented reality" game encourages players to wander in the physical world in order to find and catch new Pokemon on their screens.
Deputies said they have found people on business, church and government properties late at night when the properties are closed.
Authorities said those actions constitute trespassing and put both members of the public and law enforcement officers at risk.
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