Back in September, we heard news that John Travolta’s 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280-SL was stolen from the street out in Santa Monica, California near a Jaguar dealership. And now the unfortunate news has come that the vintage Benz was recovered in pieces, but two men were also taken into custody as part of a car-theft ring.
Michael Green, 58 and D.L. Rayford, 52, were both taken into custody back in December when a law enforcement task force was investigating a sophisticated car-theft ring. Both these individuals were suspects relating to the theft of Travolta’s Mercedes and through leads developed after Travolta’s theft, a chop shop was found with plenty of other stolen vehicles and parts. That is where the police located the parts to Travolta’s 280-SL.
The arrests weren’t mentioned earlier in order to not compromise a larger investigation into the theft ring. It’s unfortunate that Travolta will no longer have his vintage Mercedes back in one piece, but at least another car-theft ring was managed to be shut down.
GALLERY: John Travolta Vintage Mercedes-Benz Recovered