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Police, other agencies issue warnings to Pokemon GO players

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Be careful and pay attention to the law while trying to catch 'em all.

That's the message Monday from law enforcement agencies and public officials around Oregon and Washington that are worried about people getting into dangerous situations while playing the new Pokemon GO mobile game.

Since Pokemon GO debuted in the U.S. last week, there have been reports of people trespassing to find Pokemon, using the game to commit armed robberies and even stumbling across a body in a river while playing the game, which sends players out into the real world in search of virtual creatures.

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Law enforcement agencies like the Tigard Police Department quickly utilized their social media accounts to warn players about paying attention to where they're going and what they're doing while in the app.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office issued a similar warning, saying "We promise no Pokemon at the jail."

In Silverton, the local fire district posted on Facebook that Pokemon GO players have been getting in the way of volunteer firefighters.

The Washington State Department of Transportation warned about the dangers of playing while driving.

TriMet, Portland's transit agency, also posted a warning to its riders to be careful while riding the bus or train.

Some other government entities, like the City of Tigard, joined in on the fun, offering hints to players.

Pokemon GO, which is free to play, has become so popular that it's caused the game's servers to crash. The game's maker tweeted Monday that it was trying to fix the issue.

Pokemon GO is available for both Android and iOS devices.

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