MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A man is behind bars after Memphis police say he stole more than $28,000 worth of merchandise from his cousin’s cellphone store.
The incident happened on September 21 at B Connected Wireless in the 7900 block of E. Shelby Drive.
According to an affidavit, the store owner said the business was robbed. The owner said he believed his cousin, identified as Malik Hamud, 35, robbed the store after being fired two days earlier.
The owner said he fired his cousin after receiving threatening text messages.
Detectives saw a message that read, “Don’t mess with me…I still have your key…I’ll empty your store if I want,” records show.
The owner gave a detailed list of stolen items, which amounted to $28,750, records show.
CCTV showed the suspect entered the store with a key before turning off the alarm and disabling the camera system.
Detectives found a key near a shattered glass phone screen.
The owner said the key belonged to Hamud and told police when he asked Hamud to return it, he said he had lost it, according to the affidavit.
Hamud is charged with burglary and theft of property.
©2021 Cox Media Group