Vineland man dies after carjacking

April 4, 2008 3:05:52 PM PDT
Police across South Jersey are on the hunt for a dark blue Dodge Dakota. The two men who took the pickup truck are considered armed and dangerous.

They're accused of robbing and carjacking a 72-year-old man in the parking lot of a poultry plant. The victim is dead and now those two suspects face charges of felony homicide.

Vineland police spent the afternoon outside the Vineland Kosher Poultry Company looking for clues. They dusted for fingerprints and took imprints of footprints in the muddy area near the parking lot.

Shortly after noon, Milton Belote of Vineland was sitting in his dark blue Dodge Dakota. He was known to employees because he frequently came to the poultry plant to cash paychecks for workers who don't have bank accounts.

"He would cash them right in the parking lot. I wouldn't get out of the truck if I had that much money either. They knew he had money. Someone had to know," said plant employee Frank Brown.

Police say two young men approached Belote and, at gunpoint, ordered him out of the SUV. They took off with the Dodge Dakota and the money.

Belote talked to employees who came to his aid, but then he started to show signs of medical distress. An ambulance took him to the hospital, but he was dead on arrival. Police say the likely cause was cardiac arrest.

The SUV is a 2005 Dodge Dakota with New Jersey license plate UWW47V.

Police have a limited suspect description. They are described as two young, thin Hispanic men. They are considered armed and dangerous.