Prince Malik Files Civil Lawsuit Against Man in the Surveillance Video Identified by Witnesses; Investigators Also Question How Defendant With Long Criminal History Was Given TWIC Security Clearance
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Aug. 5, 2015 – — Investigators said several witnesses have identified a man captured on surveillance video during a brazen safe burglary at the Miami Beach home of Sony Music recording artist Prince Malik. Since the break in at the condo on May 9, the entertainer has pleaded for the public’s help in the rigorous search for the safe and its contents, which are valued at more than $478,000. Shortly after the local media outlets aired video showing the thief entering and exiting the building, investigators said several people identified the man in the images as Kenneth Emanuel Welcome, AKA Kenny Brooks Jr., AKA Akkillez. Welcome has a lengthy arrest record that includes charges of burglary, violent crimes and prostitution. “An interesting item was uncovered during the course of our investigation,” said David Bolton of Bolton Investigations. “We have determined that Welcome somehow qualified for and was issued a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). TWIC is a security measure that ensures individuals who pose a threat do not gain unescorted access to secure areas of the nation’s maritime and aviation transportation systems.” Prince Malik has filed a lawsuit against Welcome in Miami Dade County Circuit Court that seeks damages in excess of $478,000.00. “We are once again making an appeal to the public to share any details that they may have in this case,” said Prince Malik. Prince Malik is offering a $50,000.00 reward for the arrest of the individual(s) involved and the return of his property, or a $25,000.00 “no questions asked” reward for information that leads to the arrest of the individual(s) involved. He has created a confidential tip line that should be used when submitting information: 305-562-0012.
$400,000 in valuables stolen from Prince Malik’s Miami Beach home
Recording artist offers $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, return of property
By Amanda Batchelor – Senior Digital Editor
Posted: 6:26 PM, May 12, 2015Updated: 6:26 PM, May 12, 2015
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Recording artist Prince Malik, whose real name is Shahzad Nawaz, is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for breaking into his Miami Beach home last weekend, and the return of his stolen possessions.
The hip-hop artist reported the break-in at his apartment on 23rd Street and Collins Avenue where he lives part time.
According to a police report, a safe containing more that $400,000 in valuables was ripped from a closet wall and stolen. The safe included $20,000 in U.S. currency, a $300,000 diamond ring, gold chains, a Rolex and diamond earrings.
“Everything is here. Nothing was touched,” Nawaz told Local 10 News. “My iPad was sitting right there. Nothing was touched – just the safe.”
Police said a friend of Nawaz, Neil Hernandez, told officers that the men had returned to Nawaz’s apartment Saturday with three Russian women they had met at Miami Beach’s Mokai Lounge. He said they were in the apartment for about 15 minutes and then left.
A private investigator hired by Nawaz said the burglary may be related to a theft ring, where a group of thieves targeted wealthy residents in Bay Harbor Islands, Hillsborough Beach and Fort Lauderdale.
“We’re going to get you. It may be a matter a time, but we’re going to get you. We have a lot of good information, and Miami Beach has a very high success rate in crimes like this,” private investigator, David Bolton, said.
A representative for Prince Malik said he is offering a $25,000 reward with “no questions asked” for information that leads to an arrest, and a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest with his property recovered.