Cobb County detectives have arrested a suspect in connection with the theft of four ExpressPoll polling machines out of a poll manager’s truck days before Tuesday’s elections, according to a county press release. The machines contained names, addresses and driver’s license numbers for every voter in Georgia. They are the devices poll workers use to scan IDs when voters enter the polling place. The detectives served a warrant on a Clayton County residence at 1 a.m. Wednesday. According to Cobb County spokeswoman Sheri Kell, the suspect and several accomplices told detectives the polling equipment was deemed useless and thrown in a dumpster. That dumpster has since been emptied and its contents taken to a landfill.
“It has been determined that any effort to retrieve the stolen equipment at the landfill would be unsuccessful,” Kell said in a statement.
The equipment was stolen April 15 when the poll manager stopped at the Kroger at New Chastain Corners Shopping Center on Canton Road in Marietta.
At the time, police told Cobb County Elections Director Janine Eveler they suspected whoever stole the equipment was probably looking for guns and likely did not know what they had gotten their hands on. Kell said a cell phone that was also stolen was found at the Clayton residence.