Rich Eisen’s stolen production truck used for DirecTV show recovered (photos)
In one of the odder criminal capers of the week, the production truck Rich Eisen intended to use to broadcast his weekly broadcast of “The Rich Eisen Show” on DirecTV was stolen out of hotel parking lot in Miami Lakes, Fla.
Missing for some time, it comes with great relief to discover that the truck has been recovered, per a Miami Herald report, albeit not exactly as it was when it was stolen.
Eisen noted in the above photo posted to Instagram Wednesday night that “the cab portion of the truck remains missing.”
Eisen, who was in Florida to anchor the NFL Network’s coverage of the Miami Dolphins-Buffalo Bills game at Sun Life Stadium for “Thursday Night Football,” alerted the world to the pilfering of the “48-foot, multimillion-dollar, state-of-the-art television production truck” on Twitter.
Breaking News: the satellite truck we had booked to do our show from Miami tomorrow has been stolen. This is not a drill.
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) November 12, 2014
Even if the truck — or the back of it — hadn’t been recovered, Eisen noted that the show would have gone on, as a replacement truck had been dispatched once the original one went missing.
A wrap-up of the sordid saga of “Rich Eisen and the Case of the Missing Production Truck,” as it relates to the truck itself, via the Herald.
The truck is operated by a company called Sweetwater, a division of NEP, which DirecTV contracts out for Eisen’s telecasts. It’s used specifically for Eisen’s show, not the NFL Network or the local CBS affiliate’s broadcast of the football game.
Knight, the NEP representative, said directors and producers use the truck as a control room, and Eisen typically does the broadcast from a location outside the truck.
The truck, which NEP calls Pacific, was supposed to spend the night in the parking lot of the TownPlace Suites Hotel at 8079 NW 154th St., also in Miami Lakes. It was taken sometime between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday.
What a strange story.
[H/T Sporting News, photos courtesy of Rich Eisen/Instgram]