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Fleet of stolen Mercedes-Benz vehicles stars in social media vids

A handful of Mercedes keys is displayed this week on social media. | Facebook

Chicago police tonight said 21 people have been charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass to vehicles and one of them is also charged with felony financial identity theft in connection with a massive fraud against the Car2Go vehicle rental app.

Now, CWBChicago has uncovered a cache of videos showing Chicago residents enjoying complimentary use of Mercedes-Benz vehicles on the West Side.

Police declined to release names, ages, and other details of the offenders. But investigators believe more than 100 Mercedes vehicles were taken in the scam by using fraudulent credit card information in the Car2Go phone application.

According to a police source, some of the thieves tried to re-steal the cars from a police impound lot.

Car2Go rents high-end cars for short periods. The company deactivated all of its Mercedes vehicles on Wednesday and temporarily suspended operations in Chicago due to the widespread theft and fraud operation.

Benz! Benz! Benz!

A man brags about all of the Benzes at his disposal, then slides into one and drives away.

I paid cash for this!

Oh, no. They ain’t trippin’.

The last Mercedes taken from the lot (foul language)

A thief speeds off with the last Mercedes on a Car2Go lot.

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