16 people arrested for allegedly stealing 100 Car2Go luxury cars

Chicago police have arrested more than a dozen people for stealing luxury cars from the Car2Go rental app. Reporter Brad Edwards of CBS Chicago tweeted the news this afternoon, claiming that up to 100 expensive Mercedes-Benz cars disappeared after a "hack", a number that Car2Go confirms, although the company says that the problem is a fraud, not a breach of security. We still do not know how the cars were stolen, but the problem is supposedly limited to Chicago, and local police say they are working "in several districts" to recover the 100 vehicles.

Car2Go was founded by a German car The manufacturer Daimler and its members can use an app to rent a super compact smart car or a Mercedes-Benz, but the suspects apparently targeted the latter. Edwards also wrote that many of the cars were being "used for crimes" and that more than 12 people were in custody for the thefts. Later, Chicago police told The Verge that 16 people had been interrogated.

"A car rental company warned us that some of their vehicles may have been rented by deceptive or fraudulent people It means through a mobile application Due to the information provided by the company, numerous vehicles have been recovered and people of interest are being interrogated, "said a police spokesman The Verge . "We are working with the company to determine if there are other vehicles whose locations can not be accounted for. At this time, recoveries appear to be isolated on the west side. The investigation is ongoing. "

Police said they could not confirm a final count of arrests or stolen vehicles. In a tweet Car2Go said it was" temporarily pausing "its service in Chicago.

] Car2Go – which merged with the BMW DriveNow service in February, adopting the name Share Now – was convinced that this should not cause alarm to users. "Clarification: we were not hacked," the company wrote on Twitter. a case of fraud, isolated from Chicago, and we are currently working with the police.No personal or confidential information of our members has been compromised.No other Share now the North American market has been affected. "

Modern high-tech cars may be vulnerable to piracy, but these robberies are probably more mundane. In 2012, for example, a group of criminals stole four high-end vehicles from the luxury company HiGear, which shares cars, used fake identities and credit cards to register and pay for cars.

Update, 7:22 PM ET: Car2Go confirms that the Chicago Police Department is searching for 100 lost Mercedes-Benz cars.

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