'If it wasn't for Pokemon Go, nobody would have even been over there to see the incident'
EUGENE, Ore. - People playing Pokemon Go witnessed a man throw a rock through the window of a downtown restaurant early Sunday morning.
Now police say the man is a suspect in at least 2 of the recent vandalism cases involving local Asian food restaurants.
Michael Andrade shared his story on Reddit in a post titled "Called 911 for my very first timem thanks to Pokemon Go!"
"So I was out on the town in the middle of the night with my buddy," Andrade wrote Sunday. "We were sitting in his car next to three pokestops that we all lured. Just chillin and catching pokemon and such. Then I see a homeless man across the street shatter two windows of an asian restaurant. Called 911 for the very first time, they were there within minutes. In less than 30 minutes they had the guy cuffed and on the sidewalk."
This is the latest in an emerging trend of people playing the game uncovering possible crimes - or falling victim to crimes.
Firefighters and police have reported some problems with people playing the game trespassing on private property.
And the USDA Forest Service on Monday urged users to avoid damaging public lands.
In the Eugene case, police arrested Bernard Shifman, 39, on charges of criminal mischief and disorderly conduct for throwing a rock through the window of the Lotus Garden restaurant, 810 Charnelton.
Police said Shifman is also a suspect in similar damage the same night at Jade Palace, 906 W. 7th Avenue.
Police are also investigating any possible connections with a recent string of similar crimes in the area.
"In this case it was a good scenario in that we were able to get an officer to the scene immediately and they were able to identify the suspect and make an arrest, which is good news," said Debbie Janecek. "And thanks to the citizens for that."
Or thank Pokemon.
"If it wasn't for Pokemon Go, nobody would have even been over there to see the incident," Andrade wrote of witnessing the vandalism at Lotus Garden. "It was completely dead there, in the middle of the night until this game."