Presidential van stolen
An example of the typical set-up that travels with President Obama from an event in Pittsburgh, PA on Oct. 11. Reportedly, a teleprompter system, podium and presidential seal like the ones seen here were stolen along with a government van in Virginia this week. (CNN/Adam Aigner-Treworgy)
October 18th, 2011
10:46 AM ET

Presidential van stolen

Central Virginia’s WWBT-TV is reporting that a van belonging to President Obama’s advance staff was stolen outside the Virginia Center Commons Courtyard Marriott in Henrico, VA just days before the president’s scheduled visit to Chesterfield on Wednesday.

The van contained about $200,000 worth of audio equipment, podiums and presidential seals. On Monday, officials confirmed to WWBT that the van had been recovered outside a Holiday Inn Express near the Richmond Airport. Here’s the original story.

CNN has obtained this statement from the Defense Information Systems Agency on the reports of a stolen van and presidential equipment:

“A government vehicle was stolen and has been recovered. No classified or sensitive information was in the vehicle.  We take incidents such as this very seriously, and a formal investigation is continuing in coordination with relevant law enforcement agencies.”

The original story from WWBT can be found here.


Topics: Bus Tour • President Obama

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    That's rather amusing, although indicative of how "sorry" the people of this country have become.

    October 18, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
    • Trace

      Rick, you shouldn't insulate that rock you've been living under. You are missing a lot of the real world

      I know this is hard for you to believe... But....This country has been experiencing "grand theft auto" long before Obama even got out of kindergarten; .....and so you're blaming him for that too? Geesh ...doesn't that sound unreasonable to even someone like you?

      October 19, 2011 at 2:40 am |
  2. California Conservative

    This just shows me how incompetent the presidents men are.

    October 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • Dan

      It was property of The White House Communications Agency which is all military. Why are you bashing the troops? You must be some kind of left winger.

      October 19, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  3. CN

    HAHAHAHAHA...Obama's telepromter stolen....that's funnier than the latest #attackwatch posts!

    October 18, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  4. C-Lo

    Let's institute a "stolen government property" tax on the rich to recover the $200,000 in lost equipment. Maybe THEN the rich would care about the rampant crime in our cities and start paying for protection for us all. Then we could steal food from grocery stores and tax the rich to reimburse the stores for their losses. The we could all steal cars and become squatters and tax the rich to reimburse those who's property we've taken.

    Wow, taxing the rich IS the answer...not.

    October 19, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
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    February 3, 2012 at 10:05 am |