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.
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