Feb 14, 2013 7:23 PM by Angela Douglas - Q2 News
BILLINGS - A Billings man suspected of kidnapping and murdering another man, has now been linked to ten armed robberies in Billings and one in Livingston.
Court documents filed late Wednesday accuse Simon Jacobson of committing nearly a dozen casino robberies since April of last year.
The 28-year-old is now facing 14 felony charges.
The first robbery occurred on April 6 at the Magic Diamond Casino on King Avenue, with the most recent robbery at the Won 800 Casino on North 24th Street West taking place on January 13, just four days before the kidnapping and murder of DeJuan Laster.
"One of the intent of the kidnapping was a robbery as a motive," explained Billings Police Lieutenant Kevin Iffland. "So, it's not a big stretch that this person wouldn't be out there committing other types of crimes."
Here's a list of the casinos robbed and the approximate amount of money stolen:
April 6, 2012 - Magic Diamond Casino
June 24, 2012 - Montana Lil's Casino
June 24, 2012 - Alpine Casino - (attempted robbery)
July 29, 2012 - Caribbean Nights Casino
August 23, 2012 - Grand Casino
September 17, 2012 - Bottles and Shots Casino
September 17, 2012 - Grand Casino
October 17, 2012 - Jackpot Nevada Casino
November 10, 2012 - Bayou Casino
January 13, 2013 - Won 800 Casino
September 3, 2012 - Hideout Casino
In total, Jacobson allegedly robbed the casinos of approximately $73,909.
Police detectives discovered the link between Jacobson and their suspect profile of the casino robberies while reviewing surveillance video of Jacobson during the homicide investigation.
When detectives confronted Jacobson about the robberies, he confessed, telling detectives that he wanted people to know that they could rest easy knowing that his string of robberies was over.
The alleged robberies committed by Jacobson represent 30-percent of the robberies committed within Billings in the past year, according to Lt. Iffland.
Jacobson will enter his plea to all 14 charges Friday morning in Yellowstone County District Court.