Tourists carjacked while taking photos at Packard Plant


Two tourists who drove to the abandoned Packard Plant this afternoon to take photos of the historic ruins were carjacked by two men, one of them armed.

Police said the Texas and Ypsilanti tourists were robbed of their 2004 Pontiac Vibe, $143, wallets, cell phones and a Canon camera at East Grand Boulevard and Concord, where a brick overpass once read, “Motor City Industrial Park.”

The tourists were not injured.

The carjacking is just the latest attack at the sprawling, collapsing Packard Plant, which has become a lawless wasteland where fires burn unabated, thugs target unsuspecting gawkers and thieves openly tear apart the concrete bones for scrap metal.

Shortly after the 1:40 p.m. carjacking, lawlessness returned to the Packard Plant. Scrappers casually removed metal from one of the buildings using high-powered saws.

Sgt. Detroit police spokeswoman Kelly Miner told us they were looking for black males, one of them 25 years old, 5-foot-10, clean-shaven, dark complexion and dark skull cap. The other is about 40 years old, dark complexion, salt-and-pepper beard, wearing a burgundy sweater.

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.