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Obama’s speech equipment stolen in Virginia: report

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Opportunistic thieves, opposition party operatives or just fans of President Obama really eager to know what he has to say?

A Henrico, Va., television station, WWBT-NBC12, is reporting that a truck carrying $200,000 worth of equipment — including several lecterns with the presidential seal, teleprompters and portable audio equipment — for Obama’s appearance in Chesterfield on Wednesday was stolen outside a Marriott hotel.

The truck, with the gear still inside, was later discovered outside a Holiday Inn Express around 12:30 p.m. Monday, the station reported. It quoted a spokesperson for the Defense Information Systems Agency as saying: “No classified or sensitive information was in the vehicle. We take incidents such as this very seriously, and a formal investigation is continuing.”

Obama, who is on the second day of a three-day bus tour of North Carolina and Virginia, will start Tuesday with an appearance at a YMCA on the campus of Guilford Technical Community College in Ragsdale, N.C. He will appear at Greensville County High School in Emporia, Va., Tuesday evening.

Obama is trying to reignite supporters who helped him carry both battleground states in 2008, but even some Virginia Democratic officials are distancing themselves from the president in their own reelection bids.

David Nakamura covers the White House. He has previously covered sports, education and city government and reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Japan.


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