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    NJ - Martin Caballero, 47, Atlantic City, 21 May 2010

    Anguished family members of a missing Hudson County man last seen at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort pleaded Monday for his return, hours after Atlantic City police said he was added to the FBI's National Crime Information Center database as a missing person.

    Martin Caballerro, 47, of North Bergen Township, was last seen about to park his car at 10:30 p.m. Friday, just after he dropped off his wife at the hotel entrance. He was expected to park his 2009 white Lincoln MKS and join his family at the casino for his daughter Jessica's 22nd birthday celebration.

    During a news conference Monday at the Taj Mahal, family members said they believe he was carjacked or taken against his will, and they begged for his safety.

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    Caballerro often parked his car away from others to protect it, Cruz said. "My mom was telling me that a lot of times, when they come (to the Taj Mahal), they park in a secluded area away from other cars because he didn't want his baby to get scratched. He loves his car, and she would always tell him it's kind of dangerous to park it so far away. He would reply, ‘Nothing is going to happen to me. Nothing is going to happen.'"
    Cruz said the family verified with the casino that Caballerro swiped his casino rewards card to park, but that was the last he was seen on the property.

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    Capt. David Harkins, of the Gloucester Township Police Department in Camden County, said officers found Caballero's Lincoln badly burned about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. There was no body inside, and the fire was ruled arson by the Camden County Fire Marshal's Office, Harkins said.
    About 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Cruz said, her brother in North Bergen received a phone call from the police about the burned-out car. Harkins said his department contacted someone Saturday morning to find the owner of the car, but "at the time, we didn't know the person had been listed



    Full article including pictures at link:

    http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/c...cc4c002e0.html


    Praying Martin is somewhere safe, and whoever stole his car left him unharmed.
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    NJ - Martin Caballero, 47, Atlantic City, 5/21/2010

    Posted on Tue, May. 25, 2010
    North Jersey family fears missing man was carjacked



    Martin Caballero, 47, of North Bergen, and his family went to the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort on Friday night to celebrate his daughter's 21st birthday, his family said. His charred Lincoln MKS was recovered in Blackwood, Gloucester Township - 46 miles away, Atlantic City police said.

    Police have not revealed much about the investigation, but family members think Caballero, manager at a Jersey City Stop & Shop grocery, may have been carjacked.

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    Authorities gave this account:

    Caballero pulled his 2009 ivory Lincoln up to the Taj Mahal porte-cochere around 10:30 p.m. Friday. His wife, Libia Martinez, and daughters went inside the casino.

    Ten minutes later, they returned to where they had last seen Caballero but could not find him. They assumed he had gone into the casino, too.

    Four hours later, one of Caballero's daughters got a phone call from their brother at home. The Lincoln had been found about 2:30 a.m. engulfed in flames in the parking lot of the Gloucester Township Democrat Club in the 100 block of Coles Road.

    Calls to Caballero's cell phone have gone unanswered, authorities said.

    http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local...#ixzz0oxYyHWoX
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    Family members offered more details in an interview Monday. They said Caballero, who visits Atlantic City once a month or so, dropped his wife off in front of the casino. His daughters and two friends arrived minutes later.

    They parked near the entrance of a self-park garage. "Go pick up your mom," he said to his daughters.

    Caballero drove toward the garage to park the Lincoln, but they did not see him go into the garage, said stepdaughter Nancy Cruz, 35. The daughters parked their car in the same garage.

    When Caballero didn't show up in the casino, his family tried his cell phone and asked customer service to page him, Cruz said.

    They searched the garage and went to the restricted-access roof, she said.

    "It took us a long time to do that. We kind of feel bad, because we should have called the police," Cruz said.

    Later, Taj Mahal employees told the family that Caballero's rewards card had been used around 10:30 p.m. to enter the garage, Cruz said. The card did not need to be swiped to leave the garage. "We think somebody must have grabbed him in the parking lot," she said.

    They filed a missing person report after learning about the charred car. Cruz said authorities told them that a lighter was found inside of the car. "He has asthma. He couldn't even be around smoke for a long time," she said.

    Authorities ruled the fire an arson.

    Cruz said authorities also showed them a picture of someone who took $303 from their father's account at an ATM machine in Cardiff about 1 a.m.

    http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local...#ixzz0oxZNPrDA

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    I thought these casinos had cameras up the wazoo all over the place. They should have some images of the vehicle leaving the garage, if nothing else.

    If a bank has an image of someone else using his ATM card, that does not look good at all.

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    Just from those articles this doesn't seem to look good....
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    North Jersey family fears missing man was carjacked

    http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local...#axzz0ozNsyI9j

    Posted on Tue, May. 25, 2010
    By Darran Simon
    Inquirer Staff Writer

    Police and family members were searching Monday for a North Jersey man whose burned-out car was found in Camden County early Saturday, four hours after he arrived at an Atlantic City casino with his family.

    Martin Caballero, 47, of North Bergen, and his family went to the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort on Friday night to celebrate his daughter's 21st birthday, his family said. His charred Lincoln MKS was recovered in Blackwood, Gloucester Township - 46 miles away, Atlantic City police said.

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    I'm confused. Doesn't it mean the perp wants the car when they carjack it? How can it end up in flames so soon after if that's the case? I hope The Donald put lots of cams in the garage. The IR ones that work at night are cheap now, too, I think.

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    It is unbelievable to me that there are no cameras at exit of parking garages...

    The whole thing is weird...why leave the car? did they hijack this guy and he told them he did not have cash on him so they made him drive to an ATM? Just wanted cash, not his car? Sounds very bad for him, if so...
    Just my opinion, of course.

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    $303.00.

    So incredibly sad that this man likely lost his life for a mere 300 bucks. Why couldn't they simply order him out and steal the car and ATM? Why couldn't they take him to the ATM, demand he get the money, then leave him there at the ATM.

    Obviously it makes no sense.....it couldn't possibly make sense that someone could be so incredibly cold and heartless. Prayers for this family...poor Martin was being a gentleman to his wife, curbside service, and saved her life in the process. So very sorry for this family!!

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    Cops Seek 'Person Of Interest' In Missing Man Case
    Man Visiting Atlantic City Casino Suddenly Vanishes, Distraught Family Begs For Return Of Husband, Father
    May 26, 2010 7:09 am US/Eastern
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    JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBS) ―

    This North Bergen family is begging for the return of missing husband and father, Martin Caballero.

    Atlantic City police may have a lead Wednesday in last week's disappearance of Martin Caballero of North Bergen. They've released a photo of a person of interest in the case.
    http://wcbstv.com/topstories/caballe...2.1715503.html


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    Person of interest picture released by LE

    Small but clearer:


    Enlarged but grainier:
    http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/ima...f+Interest.jpg

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    What a PO*. I hope he is caught ASAP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeanE View Post
    Person of interest picture released by LE

    Small but clearer:


    Enlarged but grainier:
    http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/ima...f+Interest.jpg
    What an absolute creep. Murder over a few hundred $$? Beyond creepy!
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    I hope they get him!!!

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