A Virginia police department is using a popular app to attract criminals.

FOX's Tonya J. Powers has the story:

Smithfield Police are staying one step ahead of the bad guys by using the popular Pokémon GO app, it was the method officers used to nab the town's "most wanted" criminals.

Sergeant Brian Miller, inspired by a similar post from another department, dangled the promise of a rare Pokémon located inside the police processing room for just eight people, listing the most wanted, only they weren't labeled that:

(Sgt. Miller) "Found out what was the rarest of the rare creatures and that's where I came up with the Ditto."

It worked, sort of:

(Sgt. Miller) "A lady came in an said her sister had been online and had seen the post, went to our webpage and saw that her sister was on our wanted list."

Well gotta catch 'em all!

Tonya J. Powers, FOX News.

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