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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.

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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