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Alleged Walmart Robber Arrested, Cops Claim Inside Job

Murrieta police today reported the arrest of a Walmart employee and her boyfriend in an October robbery they described as an inside job.

A grab-and-run burglary at a Murrieta Walmart was an inside job and an employee of the store and her alleged accomplice were behind bars today, authorities said.

The burglary occurred at about 1:45 a.m.on Murrieta Hot Springs Road and Madison Street, according to authorities.

At the time, police investigators were told that Walmart manager Heather Simpson was moving approximately $16,000 in cash from the registers to the safe when she was assaulted by an unknown male (now alleged to be Nehemiah Mackenzie), who ran off with the cash.

Simpson at the time "played the role of a scarred robbery victim and Mackenzie was unidentified," said Murrieta police Sgt. Phil Gomez, in a news release.

Investigators Wednesday morning served a search warrant at 24875 Prielipp Road, in Wildomar and allegedly recovered a large amount of cash and other evidence linking both suspects to the crime.

Mackenzie, 27, of Wildomar, was booked into the County Jail on suspicion of grand theft, conspiracy to commit a felony, burglary and probation violation, according to sheriff's records.

He remained in custody at the Southwest Detention Center in lieu of $16,000 bail, pending a Tuesday court date, records indicate.

Simpson, 26, also of Wildomar, was booked for conspiracy to commit a burglary, grand theft and burglary, all felonies. She remained behind bars at the Robert Presley Detention Center in lieu of $16,000 bail.

She was ordered to appear in court Tuesday with her boyfriend, sheriff's jail records indicate.

Investigators are still working on the case and ask that anyone with information please call Detective John Therien at 951-461-6346 or Sgt. Phil Gomez at 951-461-6356.

Tipsters can also remain anonymous by calling “We Tip” at 1-800-78-CRIME.

THE REAL Anita Drink November 15, 2011 at 10:44 PM
@Jessica Perkins. I really feel horrible for those all four kids having to be exposed to these low-life scummy people. I am glad you got rid of him as he seems like a real loser... and a real stupid loser at that.
Jessica Perkins November 16, 2011 at 12:03 AM
yes she might have "been assualted" but if u know nehemiah like you say you do you would know that he throws backyard wresting events at home and that he went to the school of hard knocks, a professional wrestling training school. so he most likely orchestrated the entire fake act. he tought her how to take his fake hit and how to act scared. all of you people sound really stupid trying to protect your family member that knew exactly what was going on. and you have obviously been fooled as well. look at her arrest pic. and you see that shes tweeked out and been up for a minute. if hes doing drugs so is she along with him. and when drug addicts run low on money and need there fix they dont think "methamphetamines" will do that to you. sorry that your good girl has turned bad but the truth hurts and you have to wake up someday.
Brenda November 16, 2011 at 12:24 AM
Patch? Is this the most commented on article you have written? Also cudos for the article and this follow up of their arrest. Now if we could get a follow up on todays heariang which would have been the arraignment I believe, most of us would be eternally grateful. This article if nothing else has shown the strong beliefs that others will have in their friends and even in the case of so much evidence against them. Which is admirable. Then you have me, us, who do not know these people, are "bored housewives" as someone said, and are more able to look at the case as an outsider and make some accurate findings as the Murrieta Police did in their investigation. Having worked retail for so long I know that if a pre designated cash drop, or moving of drawers is done its at a specific time and security is there with the movement. There was something wrong with the article from the moment I read it. First someone had to tell the robber a time as it is not always on the dot, especially with one member of management able to do it. 2. There was a huge mistake on someones part to not have had 2 or 3 people, security moving the cash. this time of year especially. I am shocked that Walmart does not have a stronger policy on board in the movement of 16k, seriously shocked, getting into the holidays. Actually Walmart you were setting yourself up for an inside and outside job with the lack of personnel.
Surf Dad November 16, 2011 at 05:00 AM
All I know is I have been pretty entertained for the past half hour watching backyard wrestling!
THE REAL Anita Drink November 16, 2011 at 06:06 AM
Ouch, I am super bummed you didn't get to see all the moronic blatherings from Enrique Fiore, Heather's best friend and bestest supporter. Unfortunately either he or Patch removed them. His gramatically challenged rambles were priceless, spectacular, sexualy charged and really, truely pathetic.
tammy November 16, 2011 at 08:03 AM
I am Heather Simpsons mother and I have read all of your thoughtful comments. I believe everyone has a right to their own opinion. It is a right just like people have the right be be called innocent until proven guilty in a place called court. Their are a lot of people here that seem to think they know everything about the defendants and this case and thats okay. Walmart employees have their little comments was my daughter your supervisor? My daughters do not look down on anyone but it sure seems you are the ones doing just that. Its really brave to talk behind someones back when they can not defend themselves and it is really brave to critize the ones that do it for her. Walmart employees talk how my daughter seemed different around the time of the robbery not her normal self. Maybe all of you who like to run your mouths should know her grandmother was critically sick in a local hospital at the time of the robbery not that it is any of your buisness. Ms Perkins you are another story aren't you? You run your mouth and make accusations on this site that you have just made up regarding my daughter. If they were doing drugs like you say what kind of mother are you to let your kids be around them?
phuh knees November 16, 2011 at 02:00 PM
Source?
phuh knees November 16, 2011 at 02:03 PM
Please accept my condolences during what must be a very difficult time for you and yours.
phuh knees November 16, 2011 at 02:11 PM
Where's your usual bigoted comment concerning a person in the news with a Spanish surname? Jerk.
THE REAL Anita Drink November 16, 2011 at 02:55 PM
@phu knees, the source is her facebook page profile.
Brenda November 16, 2011 at 03:18 PM
Ms. Perkins I am sorry to hear he has children, but very glad to know you have them. I have been concerned as to who "her" children would be going to and if he had any of his own. Get to church, keep with good people and repair your life and your childrens. The only way this man will not affect your children and you negatively throughout your lives, is if you continue to grow into a strong, self reliant woman and mother. I would also encourage you to get to court during this time and obtain an order for full legal and physical custody of your children if you do not have that already. I would encourage you to have a visitation order also, if you do not have one, that says a third party has to be present for like 2 hour visits with his children and cannot remove them from say your home during that visit. That is just adding some precautionary measures to safe guard the children while their "father" goes through this long court process. The courts office will help you fill out the paperwork and the filing fee's can be waived for low income. You have alot of issues to deal with here alone from now on, but sounds like you have been doing that for along time anyway. Just do it and better the life of yourself and your children and do not be around people who are like this.
Chris November 16, 2011 at 03:19 PM
There won't be anything to update, it's just an arraignment. She will be advised of her rights, assigned an attorney (if she doesn't have her own), and given a new court date.
Brenda November 16, 2011 at 03:31 PM
Tammy, we all as parents will do anything, say anything to protect our children, and scream their innocence, and what a wonderful parent and person they are. But.....sometimes they make bad decisions, do bad things, and we have to sit back and let them take the consequences, guilty or innocent. Even if she is innocent which of course she is until proven guilty, she has to live with the serious facts that she got involved with this type of man in the first place, lived with him, and with her children for gods sake, and she was aware of what kind of person he was. Jesus, he had already robbed the same Walmart a year prior. So, she still has to deal with her own issues as to why she would bring a man like that into her and her childrens lives. And you know as well as anyone else, even if she didnt know he was going to do this**cough**she knew the instance he put her on the ground or walked in it was him, and could have IMMEDIATELY TOLD THE POLICE IT WAS HIM. BUT she DID NOT. I know I have had to take a wayyyyyyyyyyy back seat to one of my daughters as she has been making bad decisions the last 3 years. I will not be a part of it any longer or be hurt by her, reeled in by her to help her out, or just continue to be there while she makes these wrong choices in her life. Its amazing the love we have for our children to keep going back for more with them. This is a horrendous embarrassment for your entire family and I hope you can find some peace.
Brenda November 16, 2011 at 03:32 PM
Patch? Updates from the arraignment yesterday?
Chris November 16, 2011 at 03:34 PM
There won't be anything to update, it's just an arraignment. She will be advised of her rights, assigned an attorney (if she doesn't have her own), and given a new court date.
Mr. Lada November 16, 2011 at 03:37 PM
In the original article above Patch states she was charged with three felonies... she has also been charged with embezzlement. Crime Report #: 6525117 Source: Riverside SD F PC182(A) Conspiracy To Commit A Crime F PC459 Burglary F PC487(A) Grand Theft F PC503 Embezzlement
THE REAL Anita Drink November 16, 2011 at 04:06 PM
To see this lovely couple in full, live action, check out Nehemiah's backyard videos. You'll see what sort of wholesome crowd he and Heather associated with! http://www.facebook.com/video/?id=100002482079281#!/video/?id=100002482079281
Eileen Sullivan November 16, 2011 at 05:01 PM
Who is this Phuh Knees who was a witness to the event? Why did"nt she yell out when the "robbery" happened. I am the one who usually walks with Heather and I was busy with a customer on register 8 (very close to the door) I just wish people could have seen the fear in my friend (cashier who was walking with Heather) Debs eyes a beautiful person I'll never forgive for that. Where were you Phuh Knees and who are you?
THE REAL Anita Drink November 16, 2011 at 05:06 PM
Phuh Knees sits around most of the day at its PC reading online comics and making assinine comments here on the Patch.
Mr. Lada November 16, 2011 at 05:13 PM
Interestingly Heather has been charged with four felonies and Nehemiah has only been charged with three felonies (and one misdemeanor). Looks like Heather will have more jail time when convicted. Crime Report #: 6525126 Source: Southwest Detention Center SD F PC182(A) Conspiracy To Commit A Crime F PC459 Burglary F PC487(A) Grand Theft M PC1203.2(A) Revocation Of Probation
Eileen Sullivan November 16, 2011 at 05:43 PM
Things change there is no set routine things happen like getting busy just because to venture off the "routine" does not make you guilty
Brenda November 16, 2011 at 05:57 PM
Thanks Mr. Lada for the updates on adding more charges. There could actually be more to come or less. Less for either one of them who has turned on the other. I have a feeling that with Heather being the only one who could have planned it with times of the "hit" etc. that he has turned. He carried it out, but she had the plan, the embezzlement etc. Embezzlement is the act of dishonestly appropriating or secreting assets by one or more individuals to whom such assets have been entrusted.[1] Embezzlement may range from the very minor in nature, involving only small amounts, to the immense, involving large sums and sophisticated schemes. More often than not, embezzlement is performed in a manner that is premeditated, systematic and/or methodical, with the explicit intent to conceal the activities from other individuals, usually because it is being done without their knowledge or consent. Often it involves the trusted person embezzling only a small proportion or fraction of the funds received, in an attempt to minimize the risk of detection. If successful, embezzlements can continue for years (or even decades) without detection. It is often only when the funds are needed, or called upon for use, that the victims realize the funds or savings are missing and that they have been duped by the embezzler.
Brenda November 16, 2011 at 06:01 PM
Made me sick Anita, thank you for sharing them however. People do not think of things coming back to haunt them w hen they do them, like pictures and videos. And obviously there are some mental issues of grandiosity believing they were putting on these shows in the back yard of "trailer trash" and going to be famous or something. With a announcer, and Ref, and well if you watch it you will see it all. Its ridiculous and I bet he charged money for that too. Very strange people, typical trashy lifestyle as one would expect. Think her getting caught was the best thing for her children and hope they have a nice, working, clean father who can have custody of them. Praying for that so the kids have a chance at some kind of life other then what we see on those videos. babies crying, young children around all the drinking, yelling, fake fighting, blood, and cursing.
Kris November 19, 2011 at 01:39 AM
Brenda needs to get a life of her own!
Brenda November 19, 2011 at 03:48 AM
Kris you have not even participated in this article and its comments, but you come on here and make this random statement about me? I feel honored with such a large debate going on over these two alleged robberies that you would even notice me, and especially just me and address me, and not anything to do with the highly volatile discussion going on here. LOL. That at least means someone is reading my jibberish, Thank you!!
Brandi November 19, 2011 at 08:22 AM
Listen people dont you all have something better do to then bash someone over the Internet. Come on grow up, i mean any one can get hard core with the keyboard. Regardless if you knows these people or know you should not be posting crap about them on the Internet. GET A LIFE!!!! It sounds like you all are the kind of people who get a good high talking crap about others because your life sucks. Just leave it alone. You know maybe they did do it maybe they didn't but times are hard and they were probably doing it to support there family, goes to show what y'all would do for yours. So shut up stay out of it and go get a life or live vicariously through the dumb ones on tv. And no Brenda I did not read ur dumb bull cuz it's not worth my time. Grow the hell up.
Brenda November 19, 2011 at 02:16 PM
Brandi, you accuse me of bashing people, but didn't read my posts you say. ? That is strange then as you have not made any comments on these two articles, and I have definately NOT bashed anyone, except maybe Walmart for having an obvious lack of security in their store when moving monies to and from the cash office at 1:45am. The only thing I said that could be construed as insulting to anyone is the videos of the back yard fights, and LOL, you have to admit by watching them that they do look exactly like what comedians, actors, movies protray as white trailoer trash, or not even just white, but trailer trash. A buncha people all straggly, drunk, booze in hands, kids screaming, men fighting each other with fake blood or real blood squirting out, the backyard with all the trash and junky cars, etc. LOL, its a perfect stereotype the whole world puts on a video of people like that. Heck the videos are a joke right out of the mouths of those 3 or 4 famous hillbilly redneck comedians. Cant think of their names, but one has the phrase "you know you are a redneck when" and I could see him describe these backyard fights.
Cynthia January 29, 2013 at 08:45 AM
Part of the evidence was the money they found it along with what the money was in, inside the apartment. As for her not being involved that isn't going to fly in court since she didn't refuse to cooperate when he came in to rob the place. Being his girlfriend she could have said to him "Oh no you aren't doing this go home get out of here." She did not and went along with it. She didn't at any point that I know tell him "you are coming to my home/ or our home with that and I am done with you." Making her INVOLVED and very much a part of it. There are a lot of bad men out there but a decent, honest woman who knows that a man is bad gets rid of them cause there isn't that much love in the world if you love yourself. I can pretty much tell you unless the prosecution makes a deal with her and cuts her time she will go down also. A woman who has children and keeps someone who is not good for them around them than she doesn't put her children first. I understand that she may be sweet and nice and all of her friends care for her but the reality is no one managed to get her to walk away from him. I have known the family for over 20 some years and his mother my dear friend is flipping over in her grave. She would be so broken hearted over this that was her baby boy. But the law is the law no matter who commits a crime; if its your mother, brother or friend. There are consequences for our actions. Unfortunately these young fols will be paying for their actions and it is heart breaking
Cynthia January 29, 2013 at 08:52 AM
AMEN LOL LOVE YOUR COMMENT
Cynthia January 29, 2013 at 09:00 AM
I have a daughter who did some check writing and they gave her time in prison so what so you think they are going to give these two for burglary? In most states it is punishable by 2 to 6 years in state prison. Had they robbed a bank it would be Federal and the time would be much longer with no half time for good behavior. I feel for both of these "gone the wrong way young folks" but the reality is the prosecutor will go by the letter of the law. I can only hope that if this young girl when she's free she moves on with her life and gets far away if she really wants a new and good life. If she doesn't than you will all have your answer as to who she is as a person. You can not always blame being in love for every bad judgement call, we each have a brain and choices she made hers to stay with him way too long so it seems. I am not bashing just stating fact as it is not how you wish it were. Pray for the best and maybe you will get a miracle.

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