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Pokemón GO! players scare away burglar at local pawn shop

This video shows the suspect car, a white Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle.
A male suspect attempted a breaking and entering at Mr. G's Pawn Shop in Taylorsville, NC, at approximately 3:15 am Monday, July 25, 2016. If you have any information, please contact Det. Sgt. Lisa Johnson at (828) 632-2218 or Crimestoppers at (828) 632-8555.

Above, workers cover a window with plywood at Mr. G's Pawn Shop, where a burglar attempted to break in on Monday, July 25.
(Updated July 26, 1:40 p.m.)

Call it being in the right place at the right time.

Despite some negative coverage for the popular smartphone game, Pokémon GO!, the incident involving Pokémon players this week on Main Avenue in Taylorsville early Monday morning, July 25, turned out to be a good thing.

On Monday, at approximately 3:15 a.m. a man with a cloth tied around his face attempted to gain entry to Mr. G’s Pawn Shop at 81 East Main Ave., according to the Taylorsville Police Det. Sgt. Lisa Johnson. The man broke the large window to the right of the door to attempt to gain entry there.

After breaking the window, the burglar was interrupted by three young men who were in town, walking and playing “Pokémon GO!” The three men heard the glass break and immediately began yelling and running toward the suspect.

The suspect ran toward the rear of the building in the direction of Black Oak Ridge Rd. with the three men giving chase.  The suspect is described as approximately 5’ 8” to 5’ 10” tall, with a thick build, wearing a striped shirt (large stripes), jeans, and dark colored shoes. 

UPDATEVideo obtained from the scene shows the male and several others in a white Ford Explorer. 

If you have any information regarding this suspect, please contact Det. Sgt. Lisa Johnson at (828) 632-2218 or Alexander County Crime Stoppers at (828) 632-8555.


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