I was out capturing some portals (I live in a medium sized city and only one other person is playing that I noticed, only one portal was taken.). And I walk by the police station and notice that the portal was still free! So I grabbed it. then my phone locked up. I restart it, and load the game back up when a cop noticed me, shouted to me and arrested me. Apparently sitting near a police station for about 5 minutes with a GPS view of the surrounding area with little blue blips on the screen is a red flag. I was in a holding cell for nearly 3 hours explaining to them it’s just a game by google. Strangest night ever.
There were also other cases of issues with police like the one of the user mooksas commented on the tread:
I also had my first run in with the police tonight. I was at a smaller post office at 8pm placing resonators (which is the only reason I was even out of my car) when another car that got pulled over from the main road pulled into the same small parking lot. I had just finished my last resonator so I then got in my car to begin setting up links. Apparently just seeing me get in my car in the dark parking lot after the officer pulled someone over was enough to raise his suspicions. So the first officer who had pulled over the other car sent his backup to come question me.
Luckily my phone was still running and after I told the officer what I was doing she looked at my phone and said wow, that looks kinda cool (I’m pretty sure she was just patronizing me at this point). She started into a spiel about how the post office was closed (I pointed out the lobby was still open) and that I was a nice target for someone looking to steal my phone or my car (mind you this is probably one of the least sketchy areas for miles). Then she started with the “Do you have ID”…I hesitate, but reluctantly present my ID because I really don’t want to end up like OP tonight. I say “Is all this really necessary?” as I hand over my ID, and luckily she gets the hint, backs off, and says enjoy your game.
This will surely not be the last time that Ingress players will be harassed for being on public property.
Did you have any issues with police? Please advise that we still can’t get you from the jail but we will try as hard as we can!