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Police respond to suspicious activity — and find Pokémon players

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Andrew Bissel, Mary Baker, and Travis Bissel played “Pokemon Go” as they walked through the Boston Public Garden Monday.
Andrew Bissel, Mary Baker, and Travis Bissel played “Pokemon Go” as they walked through the Boston Public Garden Monday.(Keith Bedford)

Various Massachusetts police departments have been responding to reports of suspicious activity that turn out to be nothing more than people searching for virtual Pokémon creatures.

"The calls have already started to come in regarding suspicious activity from people acting strange and using their phones to take pictures and videos around town," the Bellingham Police
Department wrote in a Facebook post. "Please use common sense when playing Pokémon Go."

On Saturday, the Stow police responded to a report of suspicious activity near Great Road. The officer who responded said it was merely three people walking around a property trying to catch the augmented reality creatures.

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"All is ok," that officer wrote, according to the police blotter.

And on Sunday in Peabody, police received a report that there was a suspicious car near the post office on Essex Center Drive.

That was nothing more than people "driving around the parking lot catching Pokemon Go characters," police said.

The not-so-suspicious activity comes at the same time aspolice are warning players to be aware of their surroundings when engaged with the game.

Police in Medway, Northbridge, Boxford, and Tewksbury have issued warnings and are encouraging people not to drive or trespass while playing.


Dylan McGuinness can be reached at dylan.mcguinness@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @DylMcGuinness.