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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
Just last week we told you about Hollywood actor John Travolta’s classic Mercedes-Benz 280 SL getting stolen outside a Jaguar dealership in Santa Monica, CA.
Now the Santa Monica Police are seeking the public’s help in finding this rare car. The vehicle in question is a 1970 model, and while it was originally a light silver, it now has a custom brown paint job. It’s license plate is 3RBZ737.
The car was stolen off Berkley Street at 3:46 p.m. Police is asking if anyone has any security camera’s in the area that could have captured the crime. Travolta had left the car for just 10 minutes before he returned to find it missing. It is not known if the thief followed the car, or just happened upon it.
If you know anything about this vehicle, you can call Det. Steve Smetzer at (310) 458-8936 or Sgt. Henry Ramirez at (310) 458-8453. Investigators can also be reached through the 24-hour line (310) 458-8495 and those wishing to remain anonymous can call WeTip at (800) 782-7463 or visit their website at www.lacrimestoppers.org.
A $1000 reward is being offered to whoever provides information that leads to an arrest and conviction on this case. The car itself is valued at over $35,000.
[Source: LA Times]
It may not be automatic, systematic or hydromatic, but that didn’t stop someone from taking off with John Travolta’s classic Mercedes-Benz.
It may not have been Greased Lightning, but Travolta’s 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL is just as valuable as his iconic movie ride. What’s worse, he only left his car for about 10 minutes while he went into a Jaguar dealership in Santa Monica. He parked it on the street, went inside, and when he returned, it was gone.
There were no witnesses to the theft and no new leads as of yet. The 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL can sell for about $100,000. Next time John, forget the exercise and park in the dealership.