Va. Man Set to Plead Guilty in Theft of Obama Van

RICHMOND, Va. — A Richmond man accused of stealing a truck containing President Barack Obama’s audio equipment is scheduled to plead guilty.

Eric Brown’s jury trial was canceled and a plea agreement hearing set for Wednesday afternoon in federal court. Brown previously pleaded not guilty to theft of government property.

A 2005 Ford van containing podiums and electronic equipment used by the president during public appearances was stolen from a Henrico County hotel parking lot in October 2011. The empty van, owned by the Defense Information Systems Agency, was recovered on the other side of town the next day. The theft occurred just ahead of Obama’s visit to a suburban Richmond fire station to promote his jobs plan.

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