Car2Go Pauses Chicago Operations After 100 Cars Go Missing

By Anna Breuer on 22 April 2019
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The Chicago River, which runs through the city

The Chicago River, which runs through the city

The Chicago police department said that it had arrested 21 people in connection with the disappearance of over 100 vehicles that belong to a car-sharing service.

The cars belong to Car2Go, a car-sharing company owned by Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler. They were rented through the Car2Go app that allows customers to reserve a car, via the app, which can be picked up parked on the street.  When the rental period is over, the customer simply parks the car within the company’s operating area.

Car2Go has put its Chicago operations on hold for the time being.

“Out of an abundance of caution and safety for our members we are temporarily pausing our Chicago service,” the company said in a statement.

Many of the vehicles were Mercedes-Benz GLA SUVs and CLA sedans. The company also rents the tiny Smart fortwo smartcar.

The 21 individuals were charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass to vehicles, said department spokesman Christine Calace. One person was also charged with felony financial identity theft.

Car2Go was founded in 2008 by an internal business innovation unit at Daimler. The service was first launched in Ulm, Germany.

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