A Pokemon Go player in Australia was lucky to be the only person in his or her immediate vicinity when the thief stole a massive sum of coins from the store.
Key points:The thief was caught after a three-hour chaseThe theft of $10 million in coins is the biggest theft of coins in Australia for yearsThe store has shut its doors for the rest of the day and the police have set up a Crime Stoppers sting operation to trace the thief.
Police are still trying to trace another person in the stolen items.
“I don’t think you can say I was lucky at all,” police spokesman Assistant Commissioner David Johnson said.
“If I had the cash on me, I probably would have had a go.”
A three-year-old boy, who was visiting the property, was also in the house when the theft occurred.
The boy was playing Pokemon Go with his mother, who said she saw the thief run off.
“We’re so close to the store, I just hope he catches him,” she said.
The thief’s family said he had a criminal history, including charges of theft, robbery and burglary.
“He’s a bad boy, he’s been a troublemaker, he knows how to get what he wants,” a neighbour said.
He was wearing a black backpack, with a white label.
“It was definitely a steal from a good store, a really good store,” another neighbour said of the stolen Pokemon Go currency.
“You never know what the thieves might do.
They could have taken everything.”
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