Found Deceased CA - Tushar Atre, 50, tech executive, kidnapped, Santa Cruz County, Oct 2019 *ARRESTS*

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  1. Cryptic

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    New Video Released by Santa Cruz Sheriffs Shows Suspects in Indian American Tech Entrepreneur Tushar Atre’s Murder

    Video here that shows suspects.

    From the article: ...The video shows three individuals believed to be men. Two suspects are wearing baseball caps while a third is wearing a hood and carrying a duffle bag. One of the suspects is carrying a rifle... the suspects walked out of the small alley and to Atre’s home on Pleasure Point Drive. The surveillance camera footage was time-stamped 2:47 a.m...
     
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    The duffel bag makes me inclined to believe robbery was possibly part of the motive. If that’s the case, if there was no cash in the house, that could explain why they took him to his property in the mountains.
     
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    He was growing weed on the mountain properties. That's why they took him there.
     
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    that video gives me major creeps
     
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    Larger reward now being offered, and new surveillance video:

    Mystery cyclist sought in Tushar Atre kidnap-murder

    “....Santa Cruz sheriff's officials said Wednesday that they are looking for a new person of interest — a bicyclist who is seen on surveillance video approaching Atre's Pleasure Point house three hours before the kidnapping. The cyclist stops to case the residence and then bikes away.

    ....On Wednesday, the sheriff's office said the reward has again been increased — to $200,000, making it the largest reward in county history.

    Sheriff's officials also released what they believe to be the path the kidnappers took in the white SUV, starting from the 3000 block of Pleasure Point Drive, left onto East Cliff Drive, left again on 41st Avenue, then right onto Soquel Drive before a final left onto Soquel San Jose Road.”
     
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    Hi! I am new here and joined because I was interested in a couple of Santa Cruz cases. Do you know that he was growing on his mountain properties or just suspect? I don't recall the county coming in and destroying a grow after he was found.

    I can't believe this case hasn't been solved yet, you would think that someone would have snitched by now with at least 4 people being involved.
     
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    I believe you nailed it.
     
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    Thanks for the support.
     
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    Wow! I thought for sure this was done by pro criminals who would have disappeared afterward

    Atre's grow operation was legal. That was probably part of the problem his killers had with it (and especially him)
     
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    I don't think they are granting licences for grows in the Santa Cruz mountains. There are strict regulations for a grow, armed 24 hr guard, fencing etc. I just can't believe if he had something on his property in the Santa Cruz mountains that it was legal so why did they go there? There is a dark side to this profession for sure. So glad there is movement on this case.
     
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    Atre was a silicon valley CEO type and by all accounts a real jerk of one. He had recently started up a marijuana company. Odds are very high that the perpetrators were more "old school" marijuana businessmen who did not appreciate his standards & practices and that the location he was taken to was related to that business.
     
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    You've been watching way too much Murder Mountain
     
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    I don't know what that is but I do find the Emerald Triangle subforum on this site pretty interesting. Perhaps @Cryptic and I should collaborate on our great American novel. Would you care to share what you believe to be a more likely motive in this case before the press conference on the arrests?
     
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    Ohhhh, gotta check out the Emerald Triangle subforum as I also find this pretty interesting. There is absolutely a dark side to the cannabis industry a lot of money and greed and still a very big black market. I drive by his house now and again and have been curious about a place of that size and worth, you would think he would have had a top-notch security system with cameras. Letting these guys in at 3 AM just doesn't make sense.
     
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    People in his neighborhood thought it was a cartel job and some are skeptical about these kids that got arrested. None the less dude was involved with sketchy people and either did bad business or let people into his life and they what he had and they wanted it.
     
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    I'm sure a LOT more evidence exists than what has been shown to the press. If it goes to trial that kind of evidence would be interesting but it won't go to trial, either of the two ways I could see it going down. This guy on a bicycle probably cased it and saw some vulnerability. I'm sure a Silicon Velley tech exec isn't in the habit of running a very tight ship. Maybe the girlfriend goes outside to smoke, for example. I haven't Google mapped the scene so I can only broadly guess.

    The people in the neighborhood and I think the same thing. Too much coincidence otherwise. Why not target someone even richer and softer? You can't swing a dead cat without hitting a millionaire nerd in SoCal

    It's not May 21 at 11:00am PST yet. They're building drama.
     
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