Council member attempts to track down items removed from Pyramid

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis City Council members demanded answers Tuesday after reports that of hundreds of items are missing from the Pyramid Arena.

Council member Bill Boyd first raised the red flag about the issue, and told council members Tuesday that many of the items that were removed do not have inventory numbers.  With those items, he said, it would be virtually impossible to know exactly where every single item taken out of the arena is.

A list exists showing some of the items going to three other locations - the Liberty Bowl, the Cook Convention Center, and the Shelby County Division of Corrections.  But, Boyd said, without inventory numbers, there's no way to know for sure where these items are.

"Mr. Landaiche in one of his communications with me said it was a million dollars or more," council member Bill Boyd said.  "I had an architect friend who looked it over and said, having been familiar with that building - the pyramid - said it was close to a million dollars, if not more."

So who decided to take these items out of the pyramid?

Memphis's Chief Administrative Officer Keith McGee said he remembers a meeting with county CAO Jim Hunsicker and Pierre Landaiche, the manager of the company running the Pyramid and others.

McGee said he remembered putting the idea in motion, but could not recall who came up with the idea.

Boyd said he set up a meeting with McGee, Landaiche and other county leaders to get to the bottom of this issue.

The council is expected to discuss the matter again in two weeks.

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