DaimlerChrysler chief executive Juergen Schrempp was recently forced to do some legwork after his armoured Mercedes-Benz limousine was stolen from where it was parked on a busy Stuttgart street.

DaimlerChrysler chief executive Juergen Schrempp was recently forced to do some legwork after his armoured Mercedes-Benz limousine was stolen from where it was parked on a busy Stuttgart street.

The German daily newspaper noted that the S600 was left unattended for about 20 minutes.

"The thieves must have loaded it onto a truck and it was gone," one investigator said.

A DaimlerChrysler spokeswoman for the Stuttgart-based manufacturer confirmed that an S-Class used by the firm's executive board members had recently been stolen. She declined to say who had been using the car at the time.

The theft was blamed on organised criminals who supposedly steal expensive cars before shipping them to customers in Eastern Europe.