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Papa John’s 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Stolen, Recovered In Detroit

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/17/2015 Jason Udy

A 1971 Chevrolet Camaro owned by Papa John’s Pizza founder John Schnatter is one of three classic cars stolen during the Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit over the weekend, ABC News reports. Displayed at a local Papa John’s store on Woodward Ave. on Saturday, the car was reported stolen Sunday morning.

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The car and the trailer carrying it were stolen from the parking lot of a local hotel. While the trailer was found Sunday evening, the car wasn’t found until Monday morning where it was abandoned in the driveway of a vacant home. The car was discovered by Ernest Webster, who was in the area to mow some grass.

"I said, 'Man, that looks like that Papa John's car,'" Webster told the Detroit Free Press. "I looked inside and it was really clean. I called my brother-in-law, who is a cop, and he told me to call 911."

"We believe the pressure of the media forced them to dump the vehicle," Sgt. Jonathan Parnell of the Detroit Police Department told The Detroit News. Police found paperwork inside the car.

Papa Johns 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z28© Provided by MotorTrend Papa Johns 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

In 1982, Schnatter sold the 1971 Camaro to help his father’s struggling tavern in Indiana. He began selling pizzas out of the back of his father’s business before opening his first store. In 2010, Schnatter offered a $25,000 finder’s fee and then paid the then-current owner $250,000 to get the car back.

The car is normally on display at the company’s headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky. The other cars stolen over the weekend include a black 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle and a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette.

Source: ABC News, The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press

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