Man says Pokemon Go players damaged his property


HUTTO, Texas (KXAN) — Since the phone game was released last week, police in Central Texas continue to get calls about possible burglars or strangers in the their neighborhood.

Round Rock police say they’ve taken 23 calls about Pokemon Go, the Cedar Park Police Department has taken at least 19 calls. Austin police have had at least six complaints, including one gamer who was robbed.

In Georgetown, police say a Pokemon player who was too busy looking at their phone, stepped off the curb and walked into a car.

Tavis Latham admits he’s checked out Pokemon Go because he wanted to see what all the craze was about.

“But I haven’t gone to any extremes,” says Latham.

However, Latham says someone took the game to the extreme Wednesday night as he was trying to sleep. It started when Travis heard a noise.

“Two bangs, someone banging on my fence, so I got up went to the window so I could see the park,” explains Latham.

His backyard backs up to a park in Hutto where there’s a Pokestop at the swing set; something players are looking for to help them with the game. Sure enough, Latham says he saw anywhere from five to 10 people across his fence in the park.

“Walking around in the park with phones out, I could see the phones glowing,” describes Latham.

That is when he went outside to check out the noise.

“I was looking to see if anyone was still out here, and when I came around the corner, everything looked fine,” says Latham.

That is, until he got closer and saw a hole in the fence. Latham believes someone playing Pokemon Go put it there. On Tuesday night, he and his neighbors found a person wandering around his yard.

“When we confronted him, he apologized and said he was hunting Pokemon,” says Latham.

Latham believes the latest incident with his fence was kids trying to take a shortcut to the park.

“It’s frustrating to have to fix a hole in my fence over something that is caused by a video game,” says Latham.

Travis filed his first police report over Pokemon. He says Hutto police asked him if he wanted to press charges, but he says he couldn’t, since the person who kicked in his fence ran off.

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