Maricopa County Elections Worker Arrested for Stealing Tabulator Programming FOB/Key Also Allegedly Broke into AZ Senate

An Arizona State Capitol insider with knowledge of recent incidents there told The Arizona Sun Times that progressive activist Walter Ringfield, Jr. – the same man who was arrested for allegedly stealing an election machine tabulator key fob – was caught breaking and entering into the Arizona Senate recently. Video surveillance footage allegedly caught him stealing collectible coins from the security area and walking around on the third floor unauthorized. When apprehended by security, he was asked to leave. The insiders said that Ringfield told security he was there to deliver some documents to State Senator Juan Mendez (D-Tempe).

News reports about the election key fob theft broke a Monday. According to a police report obtained by The Sun Times, surveillance video shows Ringfield putting the set into his pocket.

Primary ballots will be mailed out on July 3.

The 27-year-old Ringfield was charged with one count of misdemeanor theft and one count of felony criminal damage. He is still in jail, having been denied bail due to his prior criminal history and the felony charge. According to the police report, he initially claimed he only took the items for 20 minutes, but after looking in his car and executing a search warrant at his residence, the items were recovered.

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