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Man gets 7 years for stealing Obama's teleprompter
A career thief was recently sentenced to seven years in a federal prison for stealing a truck that had much of Obama’s audio and video equipment, including his infamous teleprompter.
From NBC News blog:
A career criminal who stole a truck containing President Obama’s audio equipment was sentenced Thursday to seven years in federal prison.
Sentencing guidelines called for a term of about three years, but Eric Brown of Richmond, Va., agreed to the longer sentence to avoid prosecution for 14 similar truck thefts in three localities. However, he could still face charges in Stafford County, which did not join Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico counties in the agreement.
Brown pleaded guilty in January to theft of government property.
…The truck had no White House markings on the exterior, but inside it was loaded with speakers, microphones, a teleprompter, a laptop computer, podiums and other items used in presidential appearances. The van was empty when it was recovered on the other side of town the next day, and some of the items were later recovered at Maryland pawn shops.
Here are a few questions that I have:
- How is it possible that a regular thief was able to easily gain access to something that the POTUS would be using just days later? It seems like someone with worse motives than theft might be able to take advantage of that. The Secret Service should probably address that.
- Did Eric Brown ever figure out what it was that he had stolen?
- If so, why did he send the items to the pawn shop? Obama’s teleprompter would probably have gone for a million bucks on the, you know, teleprompter black market.
- How has Obama been able to effectively lie without his teleprompter?