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Truck with equipment for Obama’s tour stolen in Va.

Susan Walsh | AP
Susan Walsh | AP
President Barack Obama speaks at the YMCA at the Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. Obama is on a three-day bus tour promoting the American Jobs Act.
The Associated Press

HENRICO, Va. — At least no one left the keys to Air Force One in the ignition.

In an egg-on-face moment for the government ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit to Virginia, someone stole a Pentagon truck containing $200,000 worth of presidential seals, podiums and sound equipment from outside a suburban hotel Monday, Richmond TV stations reported, citing unidentified police sources.

Authorities found the truck later in the day at another hotel near the Richmond airport, according to the news reports. But no one would say whether the items inside had been located. No arrests were reported.

Whether the thieves knew what they were stealing — or whether they got that what-have-we-done-now feeling when they opened the unmarked box truck — is unclear as well.

Will any of the gear end up on eBay? Or is there a guy somewhere amusing himself by holding mock presidential press conferences in his basement?

The White House and police in Henrico County would not discuss details of the heist, such as whether the thieves hot-wired the truck or found the keys in the ignition. And the Secret Service said it’s not the agency’s problem. “Not our equipment, not our truck,” spokesman Ed Donovan said.

The Defense Information Systems Agency, the Pentagon unit that owns the vehicle, said no classified or sensitive information was in it. But the agency had little else to say.

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