More than a dozen ballots were stolen from mailboxes and discovered at a farm last week, days before the election.
According to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (AGO), a farmworker found a stack of unopened mail-in ballots on Friday. The worker saw it near the intersection of 99th and Glendale avenues. He then reported it to Glendale Police.
Brayan Ruiz found a total of 18 ballots in a field “underneath some concrete and rocks.”
“He did the right thing by returning the ballots trying to ensure everyone who wanted to vote early still could vote,” police said.
The election ballots were said to be stolen from individual mailboxes in a neighborhood south of 107th and Northern avenues in Glendale.
Residents in the neighborhood then “received unusual knocks at their door” the next day as the ballots were given to their intended recipients.
“Law enforcement hand delivered each of these ballots to their rightful owners. 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. 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,” police wrote on Facebook.
According to the AGO, “the motive for stealing the ballots is presently unknown. At this time, the investigation is still ongoing and no arrests have been made.”