MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Newly released images show a man wanted in connection with the burglary of a recording artist's Miami Beach home earlier this month.
Prince Malik, whose real name is Shahzad Nawaz, reported the break-in at his apartment on 23rd Street and Collins Avenue where he lives part time. 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.
"The enhanced photos were taken from security surveillance video taken from inside the building," private investigator David Bolton said. "The images were captured when one of the suspects got off on the wrong floor. Thanks to his mistake, we now have video of his face and what he was wearing. In another video outside Prince Malik's apartment, you can see the person stealing the safe was wearing the same clothes. We are confident that someone out there knows who this might be."
According to a police report, a safe containing more than $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.
Police said a friend of Nawaz, Neil Hernandez, told officers that the men had returned to Nawaz's apartment May 9 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.
It's unclear whether the women had anything to do with the burglary.
Bolton 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," Bolton said.
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