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21 charged in & # 39; car2go & # 39; rental car thefts in Chicago



21 people have been charged for a wave of car hire in Chicago.

They were all taken in prison after more than 100 Mercedes-Benzer were stolen from app-based rental cars "car2go," according to Chicago police. Several of the arrests took place on Wednesday when the company announced it was suspended service in Chicago because of a "fraud" problem isolated to the city.

Twenty people have been charged with criminal offenses for car crime, police said.

Another man, Angelo Patterson, faces several crimes, police said.

Patterson, 19, was pulled over Wednesday morning while driving one of the stolen cars in East Garfield Park, police said. He was arrested and charged with aggravated identity theft, altered a fake short and criminal offense of a vehicle.

Angelo Patterson | Chicago police

He was released from custody on Thursday, also on a cashless bond, police said.

Police have not said whether the people accused of stealing the vehicles worked together.

About 50 of the vehicles are still in the Chicago area, and at least a dozen of them have been restored, police said. The theft occurred mainly on the West Side.

Car2go said the company was working with the police "to neutralize a fraud problem." The company said no personal or confidential information was compromised.

The company, a subsidiary of Daimler North America, launched in Chicago in 2018 with 400 eco-friendly cars that subscribers could rent via a smartphone app.


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