SANTA MONICA (CBS) — A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that will lead to a suspect in the theft of actor John Travolta’s vintage 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL convertible.

On Sunday afternoon, Travolta reportedly parked the vehicle — worth an estimated $100,000 — in a residential area near a Jaguar dealer in the 3300 block of Olympic Boulevard, according to Santa Monica Police Sgt. Richard Lewis.

After a brief trip to the dealer, the actor realized his car was missing and returned to the dealer to wait for police.

Police arrived on scene at 3:46 p.m.

The car’s license plate is 3RBZ737.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Santa Monica Police Detective Steve Smetzer at (310) 458-8936, Sgt. Henry Ramirez at (310) 458-8453 or the Police Department at (310) 458-8495.

Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call WeTip at 800-78-CRIME (27463) or contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS or visit

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Comments (12)
  1. Rick says:

    How generous Barbarino!

  2. waldo says:

    jesus man? $1000 dlls! CHEAPO, offer 10% of its value and you may see results, i have a feeling you didntg want the car and so you parked it on the street, when of course to a celebrity like you the dealer would bent over backwards to offer you parking space or a limo ride…. fishhhhy

    1. Suzanne Learned Camarillo says:

      I think the dealership is ‘fishy’. And if he didn’t want to get ‘rid’ of the car & had nothing to do with its theft he should never go to that dealership or ever do any business with them again.

  3. Chris says:

    Let me get this right…..I get a $1000 reward for locating or spotting Travoltas $100,000 Merc?? ok, so lets say I spend $10 for gas and I spot someone driving it on the freeway…I use my prepaid cell minutes to call 911 but in the process get pulled over and issued a ticket for using my cell phone while driving? Nah! doesn’t add up and not worth the trouble! LOL a $1000? Hhhmmm

  4. Suzanne Learned Camarillo says:

    If I were John Travolta I would not go to that Jaguar dealership again & If I were the police I would be investigating that dealership VERY thoroughly. It ‘reeks’ of an ‘inside’ job to me & certainly not ‘random’. They knew where that car was & just how long it would be there !!!

  5. Suzanne Learned Camarillo says:

    $1000 is pretty insulting considering the value of the vehicle but maybe the reward is small because just like dog-napping they think it was stolen for the reward & don’t want to buy into the thief’s game ?

  6. larry says:

    Good points but the real point is on the top of his head. Come on I have seen Scientology do better than this. My mother-in- law came out it with greater things than a Mercedes. She got the guy who buys them but of course she settled for a Lexus and a pick up truck while he builds the new house next door and gets a new Corvette every year.

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  8. """ says:

    why didn’t he park in the dealership parking lot? they always have plenty of spaces bcuz there are not a ton of people buying cars right now…

  9. charlie says:

    insurance fraud, 1% reward means they don’t want it to be found

  10. Enrique Payne says:

    kudos to the authorI live outside the usa where investment options are limited and retirement planning from a reliable source is hard to find but thanks for the info

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