"Due to the information provided by the company, numerous vehicles have been recovered and persons of interest are being questioned", the Chicago Police Department told Automotive News in a statement.
Parent company Share Now has objected to news reporters' use of the term "hacked" in this case, noting to The Register that no corporate or customer data was snatched, and that its app was not compromised nor subverted.
The Chicago Police Department said they have been notified about the "deceptive or fraudulent means" that had been used to acquire the vehicles.
Police said they were working with the company to locate other stolen vehicles.
Daimler's Car2Go car-sharing program gives its users the chance to hop into select Mercedes or Smart vehicles for short periods of time, whether it's for a jaunt out of town or just a quick trip to the grocery store.
The car-sharing service formerly known as Car2Go on Wednesday temporarily halted rentals after more than 100 of its fleet, including at least 50 Mercedes-Benz vehicles, went missing.
CBS Chicago's Brad Edwards tweeted today that 12 people have been taken into custody so far, with the story developing as we speak. The service signed up over 10,000 in Chicago since launching last summer.
The company tweeted: "Clarification: We were not hacked".
While members' personal information hasn't been compromised, it's pausing service out of precaution, Silverman said. The vehicle sharing provider says that it is actively working with law enforcement to neutralize the fraud issue and reassures users that their data is safe, destined to be usable once the service is restored.
'No other SHARE NOW North American market has been affected'. "The investigation is ongoing", authorities said.