Police in Manchester, New Hampshire are using Charizard, a rare Pokemon Go character, as bait to lure in the city’s most wanted, and stupidest, fugitives.
The Manchester Police Department announced in a Facebook post on Saturday that a Charizard, which is one of the hardest to find pokemon, had been discovered in station’s booking area.
To prevent the general public from flooding the station they made the rare Pokemon available only to a select group of individuals, those who would find themselves on the city’s most-wanted list.
Here’s the Facebook post:
Attention all area #PokemonGo players: we have recently found out that there is a #Charizard in our booking area. With the Charizard being such a rare character, we are only inviting a specific number of people. If your name appears on the following list you are one of the lucky ones. Come down to the station to capture Charizard. Hurry before the Charizard leaves!
While the post has gone viral (nearly 17,000 shares and over 35,000 likes as of Tuesday morning), it hasn’t helped catch any criminals according to Manchester Police Department Sgt. Eric Knight.
There’s still hope of the game leading to the arrest of fugitives, however.
Last Thursday a man with outstanding warrants for his arrest walked right up to the police station (which doubles as a gym in the game) in Milford, Michigan.
Milford Police Chief Tom Lindberg said William Wilcox, pictured above, was playing the game in his pajamas while riding a bicycle.
(Quick editor’s note: Pajamas are “inside the house” clothes. Stop wearing them out in public – I’m looking at you 1/3 of all Walmart shoppers)
Several police officers recognized him as he made his way to the station.
“The original charge he had was for breaking and entering but the warrant was for failure to appear for sentencing,” Lindberg explained. “He either forgot that he had a warrant out for his arrest or was just ignoring it thinking nothing will happen.”
The man was arrested on the spot. Game over….
Chief Lindberg told ABC affiliate WXYZ, “I think he was more upset that he had to stop playing the game.”