Car2go vehicle theft in Chicago probed by police

car2go suspends all service in Chicago due to ‘fraud issue’

A total of 100 cars were unaccounted for, 50 of which were Mercedes-Benz vehicles, officials with the Chicago Police Department said in a statement.

A BMW and Daimler-backed auto sharing program, Share Now (formerly known as Car2Go), has reportedly been hacked and is now missing between 100 and 200 high-end luxury cars from its fleet.

The Chicago Car2Go fleet started out with Smart ForTwo cars and bigger Mercedes-Benz CLA/GLA models; we can imagine the ForTwos are a touch slight for any ram raiding, but an escape vehicle that can vanish in a crowd of other shared Smart cars seems handy for misuse.

Daimler North America subsidiary Car2go is dealing with an apparent raft of vehicle thefts in Chicago and suspended the app-based service while a police investigation is underway.

CBS Chicago's Brad Edwards tweeted today that 12 people have been taken into custody so far, with the story developing as we speak.

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Daimler-owned Car2go is keen to emphasize, however, that vulnerabilities or security problems with the mobile app - which are used to unlock the cars - are not at fault. "Clarification: We were not hacked". The service remains operational outside of Chicago.

The company "car2go" announced Wednesday that service in Chicago was temporarily shut down "out of an abundance of caution", a company spokeswoman said. In a statement, car2go said they are "currently working with law enforcement to neutralize a fraud issue in Chicago".

Responding to a tweet by Automotive News, car2go clarified that they were not hacked and that no member's personal or confidential information was compromised.

Car2go's global fleet in January totaled almost 14,000 vehicles in 25 locations in North America, Europe and Asia.

The Chicago Police Department has also been notified and is investigating how the vehicles were acquired, some of which have been recovered.

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