Dozens of TVs reported missing from uptown arena after DNC

Published: Apr. 2, 2014 at 10:59 PM EDT|Updated: May. 2, 2014 at 9:52 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Democratic National Convention has been over for 18 months, but it's still fresh in the mind of one company who filed a police report saying it can't find $75,000 worth of equipment. LG Electronics spoke with WBTV and explained why it decided to tell police now.

The DNC ended in September 2012. LG electronics based in New Jersey had hundreds and hundreds of displays for delegates and convention participants.

"A number of the products were sold on site and after the event. But the majority were returned to our warehouse they came back safe and sound," said John I. Taylor, a LG spokesperson.

After the DNC people packed up and left the Time Warner Cable Arena, but LG says somehow 72 of their tvs walked away. Taylor said during a convention it's not unusual to lose an item or two, but this was a lot.

"But there were some goods missing, a substantial amount around $75,000 worth and we were unable through our internal investigations and our ongoing dialogs with the DNC to resolve this," said Taylor, "So, we're working with our insurance company and the Charlotte police."

Taylor said it took months to tally the serial numbers for the various 32 to 55 inch televisions. He said it's unfortunate but it wouldn't stop the company from getting involved with a similar event in the future.

"It's not a reflection on our relationship with the Democratic Convention or the city of Charlotte that rolled out the red carpet for all of us," said Taylor.

Taylor admits it's odd to file a report so late. But said if the police don't recover the items, it is the final step for the insurance claim.

WBTV reached out to the Democratic National Convention Committee for a comment about the missing items. An employee said she is working on tracking down someone who was in Charlotte for the convention.

The TWC Arena did not return our calls.

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