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Man sentenced to seven years for stealing President Obama's teleprompters

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Eric Brown of Richmond, Va., described as a "career criminal," was sentenced to seven years for a 2011 incident in which he stole a truck full of audio equipment that was sitting around for a scheduled appearance by president Barack Obama. Brown didn't know the truck was full of Obama's beloved teleprompters but he just went ahead and stole the truck anyway. From NBC Chicago:

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.

An FBI agent said in court papers that an informant told investigators that Brown had sold a Department of Defense laptop to another person, and that he saw in Brown's possession several storage tubs containing audio equipment -- some of it bearing the presidential seal. When the source confronted Brown about the theft, Brown said: "Man, I got that truck. I don't do no playing."

No playing, indeed, because it takes some might big nerves to pawn off equipment with the presidential seal on it. Anyway, the stiff sentence for this one incident was to help Brown avoid further trials for several similar incidences in which he made off with trucks full of expensive electronics (though none of those were connected to Obama).

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