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 |  Sep 26 2011, 2:15 PM

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]

 |  Apr 14 2011, 12:07 PM

You meet the nicest people on a Honda… until they steal it. Honda owners should remember that the tagline only applies to motorcycles, as their cars were once again the most stolen and recovered vehicles of 2010 according to statistics released by LoJack security systems.

The Honda Accord and Civic, as well as the Toyota Camry, were the most stolen among the 10,649 total cars recovered by LoJack this year—just as they were in 2009. While this reflects the bestselling popularity among consumers, older Hondas have always been popular with thieves; mid-90s Accords, for example, and the Civic and Acura Integra are frequently targeted by nefarious enthusiasts so they can mod them.

But thieves are moving on up to newer and posher cars, just like their English brethren: one of the most stolen is the Cadillac Escalade, which is up there with the Nissan Maxima and Ram pickup. And the most popular areas for car thievery? SoCal, Texas, and Florida, where the populations are large and the car is a necessity. Click the jump to see the full list.

 

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 |  Apr 08 2011, 1:27 PM

Lock up your Chelsea tractors: the BMW X5 is the most stolen vehicle in the UK, according to a survey conducted by the research firm Tracker.

Tracker surveyed the 10 most stolen and recovered cars in the UK. Rather unsurprisingly, the entire list is comprised of luxury vehicles, including the BMW M3 and Audi RS4. And there’s something to be said about how much the British love German cars: every vehicle on the list is Teutonic. Click the jump for the full list.

[Source: egmCarTech]

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 |  Dec 21 2010, 9:07 PM

Talk about a Christmas miracle. A VW Bus that was stolen back in 1974 is finally back with its rightful owner.

Michelle Squires had parked her 1964 VW Bus at an upholstery shop in Spokane, WA., back in the 1970s when it was stolen. When the vehicle could not be found, the insurance company eventually paid out and Squires lost all hope of ever seeing her treasured Vee-dub again.

That is until a custom’s official at the port of Los Angeles discovered it. The Bus was by now fully restored and was on its way to Germany when the customs agent discovered the stolen title on the vehicle and contacted Squires. Reunited at last! Not quite.

You see, since the insurance company had paid out for the Bus, they were the new owners of this vehicle. The insurance company then sent the vehicle to auction, to which Squires also went to buy back her Bus, but she could not match the top bidder.

It looked as if the Bus was now gone again forever. But destiny had other plans. Thanks to an issue with the paperwork, the bus could not leave Southern California and this gave Squires another chance to buy back her Bus.

Finally the Bus and Squires are reunited for good, and this grandmother of three plans to use her Bus for a good old fashioned road trip.

[Source: Jalopnik]

 |  May 17 2010, 11:13 AM

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A valet at a casino in Melbourne, Australia was duped into handing over the keys to a Ferrari F430 Spyder to someone who didn’t own the Italian sports car. Adam Ramsay, 32, managed to con his way into the supercar by claiming he had lost his valet ticket. Casino employees asked him to fill out a form with his personal information and pay a small fee before giving him the keys.

Police recovered the car six hours later, after finding it at a gas station outside the city.The Ferrari belonged to poker pro Van Marcus, who had been spending the evening with friends at Melbourne’s Crown Casino. Marcus was understandably furious about the situation, telling a Melbourne newspaper ”I am very angry. I am really p—– off.”

[Source: Herald-Sun]

 |  Apr 26 2010, 6:54 PM

1994 Honda Accord EX Sedan

Amanda Pogany’s 1996 Honda Accord was stolen from outside her Brooklyn apartment three years ago. When she called the police for help, they did little more than laugh. After all, the Accord is one of the top selling cars in America, and one of the most stolen to boot.

But Pogany’s car did turn up, three years after it first went missing. And while most theft recovery cars are missing some important bits, like seats, a drivetrain and wheels, Pogany’s Accord came back in better condition than original.

Gone was the anemic single-cam 2.3L F-Series four cylinder and automatic transmission. In its place was an H22 VTEC engine from a Prelude, along with a cold-air intake, a header, alloy wheels, tinted windows and a 5-speed manual gearbox. Pogany can’t even drive a manual transmission car, but claims her husband is “very excited” about the family vehicle’s new modifications. The AutoGuide staff are all fans of hopped-up Hondas, and we found ourselves chuckling at the fact that we slaved away at minimum wage jobs to afford these sorts of parts, while a mother who is definitely not a car person just happened to have a very potent Honda fall into her lap.

[Source: Huffington Post]

Report: Rolls-Royce Phantom, Lamborghini Gallardo Stolen in Toronto

Thief targeting vehicles from high-end rental car agencies

 |  Jul 18 2009, 10:01 PM

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Car thefts are a daily occurrence in any major city and aren’t worthy of much media attention, until the cars being nabbed happen to have names like Rolls-Royce and Lamborghini.

Such is the case in Toronto, Canada where police now believe a thief is targeting high-end vehicles. The cars in question include a Lamborghini Gallardo, a Mercedes-Benz CLS55 AMG, a Lexus LS470 SUV and a Rolls-Royce Phantom – valued at $350,000.

All the vehicles were stolen on either July 6th or 7th from high-end rental car locations, including Affinity Luxury Car Rentals. Each vehicle was rented legitimately and then not returned, and because the renter had to provide photo ID, the police have a pretty good idea who they are looking for: Ibrahim Mehraliyev, a native of Azerbaijan now living in a Toronto suburb.

Anyone with information that might lead to an arrest is asked to contact the York Regional Police.

[Source: VWVortex]