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Police seek public's help finding John Travolta's Mercedes

September 22, 2011 |  3:43 pm

Photo: A vehicle similar to the car that was stolen from John Travolta. Credit: Santa Monica Police Department
Santa Monica police released pictures Thursday of a rare Mercedes-Benz convertible similar to the one owned by John Travolta that was stolen last weekend as the actor was visiting a nearby car dealership.

The 1970 brown Mercedes 280SL convertible was reported stolen Sunday about 3:46 p.m. when the actor left the car parked for about 10 minutes in a residential neighborhood in the 1400 block of Berkeley Street.

Police said it was not known whether the theft was captured on video because Travolta parked in a residential area and walked to the Jaguar dealership on Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica Police Sgt. Richard Lewis said. It was not immediately clear whether the thief followed Travolta or happened upon the vehicle.

Travolta had the keys with him at the time of the theft. Sources said the car could be worth at least $35,000 but some websites put the actual market value as much as three times that amount because it is a vintage vehicle.

Lewis said there were only about 2,400 Mercedes-Benz convertibles from that model and year. In addition, Travolta paid for a custom paint job on the vehicle, which was originally a light silver.

Anyone who sees the vehicle --  its license plate is 3RBZ737 -- is asked to contact Det. Steve Smetzer at (310) 458-8936 or Sgt. Henry Ramirez at (310) 458-8453. Investigators can 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.

Information resulting in an arrest and conviction may lead to a $1,000 reward, police said.

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--Andrew Blankstein

Twitter: @anblanx

Photo: A vehicle similar to the car that was stolen from John Travolta. Credit: Santa Monica Police Department

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