Mystery Theft: Did Someone Steal the President’s Teleprompter?

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The White House is refusing to comment on the reported theft of a truck full of presidential equipment bound for the final stop of the current bus tour. And the military, which handles the bullet proof podium and safeguards the presidential seal placed on the front, will only tell ABC News that no classified or sensitive material is involved in this mysterious episode.

The unmarked white truck reportedly went missing from the parking lot of a Marriott hotel in Richmond, Virginia, but apparently turned up later at a Holiday Inn Express near the airport, as first reported by WWBT News in Richmond .  The tv station reports the parking lot there was roped off with police tape.

What is not clear from the cryptic comments on the record from the military spokesperson who refused to give her name, or from the White House press office, is whether a truck was actually stolen and what was really inside.  The White House Communications Agency, a military operation, is in charge of the audio equipment for every presidential event, the heavy lectern, and the all-important teleprompters which President Obama uses for almost all of his public remarks.

But something happened and the Defense Information Systems Agency spokesperson tells ABC News “We take incidents such as this very seriously and a formal investigation is continuing.”

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