While players around the world were busy chasing Squirtles and Snorlax, Golbats, Dragonites and Jigglypuffs in recent weeks in electronic pursuit of the ultimate prize in Pokemon Go, a man walked into a Toys R Us store in Lake Grove — and, police said, stole 10 packs of old-school Pokemon trading cards.
But holy Pikachu, Hitmonchan.
Suffolk County cops said the man was captured on video surveillance in the store, leaving enough intelligence gathering information to please a Vespiquen. And police want to know if the public — and that includes any Pokemon trainers out there — recognize the suspect.
Police said the theft took place at the store on Middle Country Road at about 12:50 p.m. June 11.
They said the man wore glasses and had an identification badge hanging around his neck.
He also drove away in a silver or gray in Toyota RAV4.
So don’t be a Psyduck. Or Slowbro. Call on the wit of Alakazam. And if you have any information, police ask that you call Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477. All calls will remain confidential.
You won’t qualify to win any versions of Pokemon Go — you won’t even collect any of the creatures players are searching for — but you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $5,000 for any information leading to an arrest.