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Police believe man who robbed sports book is 'Smoke Em If You Got Em' suspect

Posted at 9:53 AM, Mar 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-03 21:37:17-05

The arrest report for a man arrested during an attempted robbery at a local sports book on Super Bowl Sunday reveals that local law enforcement believe he is the same man behind the "Smoke Em If You Got Em" series of robberies.

32-year-old Israel Jackson was initially taken into custody by a security officer at the South Point on Feb. 5.

According to the report, Jackson approached the counter at the sports book and pointed a gun at the manager. The manager loaded more than $58,000 into a plastic garbage bag.

The manager also hit the silent alarm. A security officer was able to apprehend Jackson and place him into custody. Las Vegas police were then called to arrest him.

At the time of his arrest, police collected a semi-automatic pistol, red and black gloves, a red and black baseball hat, Newport cigarettes, sunglasses and a cell phone.

Police say that Jackson is also their suspect in three other cases.

The first incident took place on Jan. 14. A man walked approached a Circle K on Belmont Street in North Las Vegas with a gun and pointed it at the security guard. He warned the guard not to speak and forced the guard to walk inside the store. Once inside, he demanded money, Newport cigarette and alcohol.

On Jan. 31, an armed man entered a 7-Eleven on East Lake Mead Boulevard in North Las Vegas. He pointed the gun at the store's employees and warned them that he would shoot them if he had to. He then demanded money, Newport cigarettes and Black and Mild cigars.

On Feb. 1, a man armed with a gun shot at a 7-Eleven store clerk during another robbery. A description of the man and his gun matched descriptions given in previous two incidents.

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The robbery series was named "Smoke Em If You Got Em" by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's robbery detail.

Jackson is facing multiple charges including attempted murder.