California authorities have arrested suspects in connection to the murder of a kidnapped millionaire tech tycoon seven months ago.
“Several suspects” were apprehended Tuesday linked to the killing Tushar Atre, 50, who was abducted from his lavish oceanfront home and murdered back on Oct. 1, the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office announced.
Atre, the CEO of Atrenet and a cannabis manufacturer behind Interstitial Systems, was removed from his home and forced into his 2008 BMW SUV. Police found Atre several hours later shot to death. His body was left in the vehicle in the Santa Cruz mountains, 14 miles from his home.
The sheriff’s office in November released surveillance footage showing three male suspects — one of whom was carrying a rifle — walking near Atre’s home.
The department issued 30 search warrants related to the mysterious killing, while the community together raised funds to offer an anonymous cash reward up to $200,000 for tips leading to an arrest, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported.
“We want to thank our community for their efforts and support during this investigation. We would also like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Atre’s loved ones,” the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on the arrests.
The department believes the murder was motivated by a robbery, according to the Sentinel, and plans to unveil more information on the arrests and the case at a Thursday news conference.