Prince Malik files lawsuit against man believed to have stolen safe

More than $400,000 worth of valuables stolen from Miami Beach apartment

Kenny Welcome (left) alongside a surveillance image of a man seen entering Prince Malik's Miami Beach home.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – A recording artist whose Miami Beach apartment was burglarized in May has filed a civil lawsuit against a man he believes was involved with the theft of his safe.

Prince Malik, whose real name is Shahzad Nawaz, reported the break-in at his apartment at 23rd Street and Collins Avenue, where he lives part time. Surveillance images of a man entering Prince Malik's home were later released, and according to a representative of the hip-hop artist, multiple witnesses identified the thief as Kenny Welcome.

Welcome has not been arrested in the case.

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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 watch and diamond earrings.

Prince Malik is seeking $478,000 from Welcome as well as "the costs of maintaining this action."

A private investigator hired by Prince Malik, David Bolton, told Local 10 News that 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.

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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