Officials say a Chevrolet Camaro used in promotions for pizza chain Papa John’s was among three vehicles stolen during a Detroit-area event showcasing classic cars.
Police Sgt. Cassandra Lewis tells the Detroit News authorities are investigating after the 1971 Camaro Z28 owned by the Louisville, Kentucky-based Pizza Company was reported missing last Sunday morning from the Woodward Dream Cruise event in Oakland County.
Papa John’s spokesman Bob Kraut tells The Associated Press founder John Schnatter is “distraught” over the theft.
Schnatter sold the gold-and-black car decades ago to help save his father’s tavern in Indiana, leading to the start of what would become Papa John’s. In 2009, after years of searching, Schnatter bought it back.
Kraut says the vehicle was on display at the Dream Cruise, an event that draws hundreds of thousands of people each year.
UPDATE: The Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 stolen from Papa John’s pizza chain during the Woodward Dream Cruise was discovered in an abandoned home’s driveway Monday morning on Detroit’s west side.
The gold vehicle with black stripes was parked deep in some weeds, its license plate missing and the holder bent backward. Ernest Webster, 48, arrived to mow a nearby area at 7:30 a.m. when he recognized the vehicle from a TV report and called 911.
Police arrived, found paperwork in the car and quickly confirmed it to be the one used by the pizza chain during last weekend’s event featuring classic cars.
The vehicle didn’t have noticeable damage, but an Altoids tin was seen wedged behind the steering wheel.