Update: Legendary Papa John's car stolen, recovered

A car that helped create a pizza empire was stolen but has been found.

John Schnatter sold the gold and black Camaro in 1983 to help save his dad's bar and start his own business, a company that grew into Papa John's.  Schnatter bought it back in 2009, WDIV reported.

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The 1971 Camaro Z28 was stolen from the Woodward Dream Cruise car show in Detroit over the weekend, The Associated Press reported.

Two other vehicles were also stolen, WXYZ reported.

The car was found Monday morning, abandoned between two boarded-up homes, The Detroit News reported.

Police said it was found intact and with little damage.

"We believe the pressure of the media forced them to dump the vehicle," Sgt. Jonathan Parnell said.

Surveillance video captured the theft and police are examining the Camaro for any information who may have taken the car.

A lawn maintence man found the car in foot-high weeds.

"I said, 'Man, that looks like that Papa John's car,'" Ernest Webster told The Detroit News. "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."

Watch when Schnatter re-purchased the Camaro in 2010.