Washington: A truck carrying podiums and
sound equipment for US President Barack Obama was stolen by
thieves in Virginia and later recovered, Pentagon officials
said on Wednesday.
US media speculated that the truck likely contained the
teleprompter the president often uses for public statements,
which has become the subject of ridicule by Obama`s political
The white truck was stolen from a parking lot of a hotel
in a suburb of Richmond yesterday and retrieved later in the
parking lot of another hotel near the city`s airport,
according to local television station WWBT/NBC 12.
"We are aware that a truck was stolen and has been
recovered. We don`t believe that any classified or sensitive
information was in the vehicle," Defense Department spokesman
George Little told reporters.
It was unclear if the USD 200,000 worth of podiums,
presidential seals and other gear was also recovered along
with the truck.
The vehicle was stationed in the Richmond area ahead of a
planned event with the president this week as part of a
three-day bus tour by Obama through North Carolina and
Virginia, as he seeks to promote his proposed jobs bill in the
face of opposition from Republican rivals.