John Travolta


Police have solved the taking of John Travolta's vintage Mercedes.

Two men were arrested last month for their alleged involvement in an auto-theft ring that authorities say was behind the theft of Travolta's car and seven other vehicles—all of which have been recovered.

One suspect is maintaining his innocence, while another has copped to grand-theft auto and was ordered to pay Travolta $50,000 in restitution.

How did the cops crack the case? Let's go to the videotape...

Sgt. Richard Lewis of the Santa Monica Police Department says that the thieves were caught on surveillance footage when they drove off with Travolta's ride on Sept. 18. The Old Dogs star had parked his 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL on a residential street while visiting a nearby Jaguar dealership.

A task force involving Santa Monica police, the LAPD, California Highway Patrol and the L.A. County Sheriff's Department utlimately zeroed in on two suspects. According to Lewis, several "valuable tips" came in from the public after the video was released to the media.

Michael Green was arrested on Dec. 6 and D.L. Rayford Jr. was picked up on Dec. 19.

Green has pleaded no contest to two counts of grand-theft auto and remains behind bars without bail pending trial. Rayford Jr., meanwhile, pleaded no contest to one count and was sentenced to 16 months in jail and ordered to pay Travolta $50,000.

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