Safaree Samuels' furnished burglary hits nearer to home than he might've thought, cause he knows one of his claimed aggressors extremely well ... TMZ has learned. TMZ has acquired a photograph Safaree took with his then-sweetheart, Nicki Minaj, and one of the men captured in association with the wrongdoing ... Shawn Harewood. Sources disclose to us the pic was taken in either 2011 or 2012 at a club in Queens for Safaree's birthday. We're told Safaree and Shawn are old companions - Safaree's known him since he was 14 years of age. Nonetheless, we're told they haven't talked since Safaree's separation from Nicki.
As we announced ... Harewood and another man, Jonathan Ricketts, were gotten and captured not long after the charged equipped theft this week. They were caught by walking in upper Manhattan after police sought after them over the George Washington Bridge from NJ.
Safaree's lawyer, James Leonard Jr., disclosed to us this was not an arbitrary assault, and that his customer was fortunate to escape unscathed. The rapper enlightened cops regarding $183k in real money and adornments were stolen.
We've contacted Safaree's lawyer about the association with Harewood - he had no remark.