No Arrests in Theft of Truck Containing President's Teleprompter

FOIA request reveals info on truck contents

Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011  |  Updated 11:49 AM EDT
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President Obama's teleprompter went missing when a truck was stolen from a hotel parking lot.

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A week after a truck containing presidential seals and other equipment for President Barack Obama's visit to the Richmond area was swiped, there have been no arrests in the case and authorities remain tight lipped about the investigation.

NBC12 in Richmond reported the truck was part of President Obama's bus tour to promote his jobs plan.  The vehicle had been parked at a Marriott hotel parking lot  near Richmond ahead of the president's appearance.

Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request show that a Ford van containing two presidential seals, three podiums and audio visual equipment worth more than $150,000 was taken in Richmond. The van was reported stolen at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 16, and the person who made the report said it had been stolen sometime in the previous 24 hours. The empty van was recovered Oct. 17 on the other side of town.

Henrico Police Lt. Eric Owens said no arrests have been made. Federal authorities refuse to provide details.

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