In Florida, two men stole ballots from mailboxes
In Florida, two men were arrested on suspicion of stealing mail and ballot papers using a makeshift device capable of retrieving letters from mailboxes. Details of the unusual incident told the publication Fox News.
A police officer at Lighthouse Point, near Fort Lauderdale, saw a vehicle pulling up near a mailbox late Tuesday evening, October 27.
The officer said that when he questioned suspicious persons, he noticed they had a device and two ballots.
They were 28-year-old Junior Alexander Cabral and 20-year-old Vladimir Cabral Cuevas.
The same mailboxes were also used to submit ballots.
As a result, Cabral and Cuevas were accused of stealing ballot papers, fraud and petty theft, writes New milford spectrum.
Richard Cooper, a lawyer for Cuevas, said his client was wrongly indicted because "overzealous law enforcement officers sought to fill a void in a petty case and make it politically expedient (given the nearness of elections)."
None of the men have previously been convicted and the ballots are likely to be returned to voters.
Police commander Jack Vaccaro said ballots will not be used as evidence.
“We are taking steps to return these two ballots to their owners, and they pass them on for counting,” he said.
The US Postal Inspection Service is also involved in the investigation. The suspects are being held in custody with the option of paying bail of $ 3 for each male.
The suspects were brought to trial on Thursday 28 October. The Broward County judge told them she would not "speculate about the intent behind the charges."
“But I have to take into account that next week there will be very large-scale elections in the country, and this fact plays against the interests of the accused,” said Judge Corey Amanda Coughton.
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