FRANKFURT -- Thieves made off with DaimlerChrysler Chief Executive Juergen Schrempp's armored Mercedes limousine while the high-powered car was parked on a Stuttgart street, a newspaper reported on Monday.
"The car was unattended for just 20 minutes. The thieves must have loaded it onto a truck and it was gone," the mass-circulation Bild quoted an investigator as saying, suggesting the 500-horsepower S 600 model was now abroad.
A spokeswoman for the German-American carmaker based in Stuttgart confirmed an S-class car used by the firm's executive board was stolen three weeks ago but she declined to say who had been using it at the time.
Bild said the mayor of Frankfurt, Germany's financial capital, also had her S 600 limousine stolen from a locked garage this month, but police tracked it down using its satellite-assisted on-board nagivation system.
Bild blamed both thefts on organized criminals who steal expensive cars and ship them off to customers in eastern Europe.