Last week, more than a dozen ballots were stolen from mailboxes and found by the authorities at a farm in Arizona. The incident is now under investigation.
On Tuesday, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office said that a worker at the farm found a stack of unopened mail-in ballots on Friday near 99th and Glendale avenues. The worker then reported it to the Glendale Police Department.
The Glendale PD shared on Facebook the man who found the ballots. His name is Brayan Ruiz, and he came across a total of 18 ballots in a field “underneath some concrete and rocks.”
The police officers who responded to the call confirmed that 18 ballots were in a pile within envelopes that were still sealed.
According to the Attorney-General’s office, investigators found that the ballots were stolen from random mailboxes in a neighborhood south of 107th and Northern avenues in Glendale.
The day after the ballots were found, some neighborhood residents “received unusual knocks at their door” on Halloween. Instead of getting visitors asking for a trick-or-treat, the residents received the ballots intended for them in the first place.
Glendale PF released a video of Ruiz explaining how we discovered the ballots. After they did so, they went out to deliver all the ballots to the registered voters they were intended for.
The ballots were delivered by a Glendale police officer and two of the attorney general’s special agents.
“Each resident said they were aware their early election ballots had not arrived. Some went in person to vote early, and others had not voted yet,” police said. “We were able to distribute them in time to provide voters the opportunity to at least fill them out at home and then drop them off to a polling location.”
Officials with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office admitted the possibility of there being additional victims. “The motive for stealing the ballots is presently unknown,” the Attorney General’s Office said in a statement. “At this time, the investigation is still ongoing, and no arrests have been made.”