HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) -A box truck carrying President Obama’s teleprompter and podium was found in Henrico a little over a year ago.
But the questions as to whether the items had been swiped and who had stolen the truck remained unanswered. Wednesday, Federal officials said they had those answers.
During a Fall 2011 presidential visit by President Barack Obama to Central Virginia, organizers had to go to a back-up plan after audio and visual equipment along with the presidential podium were swiped from a Courtyard by Marriott parking lot near Virginia Center Commons mall.
Days later, the equipment was found at a Holiday Inn Express near the airport.
The crime remained a mystery until federal investigators received a tip that a man had been bragging about the theft. Federal officials identified that man as 48-year-old Eric Brown.
“Anytime you’re talking President of the United States, there’s a possibility sensitive information may be involved, so that’s why it was investigated so thoroughly,” said CBS 6 legal analyst Todd Stone.
In a federal affidavit, agents spelled out how Brown became a suspect. Around the time of the campaign stop, police had been working a few cases involving box trucks stolen from hotels. Through their investigation, they learned of what they believed was a getaway vehicle.
Months later police got a tip from an informant, accusing Brown of selling a stolen laptop. The informant also told agents he saw first-hand bins and other items with the presidential seal, but the affidavit states the feds’ smoking gun was a cell phone.
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