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.
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