John Travolta's stolen car recovered -- in pieces

Jan 26, 2012 at 12:31 p.m. ET

Cops in Los Angeles say they know who stole John Travolta's prized Mercedes-Benz last September. But the alleged culprits had plenty of time to strip the whip for its prized scrap metal before they were apprehended.

It took a while, but John Travolta's finally recovered his stolen Mercedes.

Well, what's left of it.

Los Angeles police believe they've caught two men responsible for stealing John Travolta's beloved Mercedes-Benz last fall.

Don't get too excited.

Everyone's favorite disco-dancin' Brooklynite won't be reunited with the vintage sports car.

It's been chopped into pieces.

Various parts from the 1970 Mercedes 280-SL convertible were found late last year, Los Angeles Police Department detective George Molina told The Los Angeles Times Wednesday.

A suspect, D.L. Rayford Jr., pleaded no contest to grand theft auto. He has been sentenced to 16 months in state prison. A second alleged bandit, Michael Green, was on probation for theft-related convictions when he was picked up by police on Dec. 6.

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The two suspects were specialists in stealing classic cars and selling the body parts, according to Detective Molina.

"They chopped up the car. We have interior and some exterior body parts."

Travolta's car, valued at around $100,000, was swiped off a Santa Monica street corner in September. So where was the star when his baby got stolen? At a car dealer, of course!

Because when you're John Travolta, one luxury car just isn't enough.

Ah, the irony of it all.

The 57-year-old actor was checking out Jaguars at a showroom nearby. Apparently, the Pulp Fiction star was only away from his prized Mercedes for 10 minutes when the dubious duo allegedly swooped in for the kill.

Travolta called police from the Jag dealership once he realized his ride had been stolen.

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John, a plane enthusiast, had to satisfy his love for engines with cars before fame and fortune allowed him to indulge in planes.

"I had to content myself with cars before I could ever contemplate owning a place," he once said. "My first, in 1974, was a 1962 Oldsmobile. I had some minor TV work, got paid and wanted to get on the road. It was a small step to what I wanted to achieve."

John's collection of vintage wheels reportedly includes a Rolls-Royce, a Jaguar and a Thunderbird.

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