Police honored for swift work recovering stolen voting equipment

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Police honored for swift work recovering stolen voting equipment

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Bita Honarvar
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in his office at the Georgia Capitol. Bita Honarvar bhonarvar@ajc.com

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp honored law enforcement officers Tuesday during a ceremony at the state Capitol for their work recovering voting equipment stolen last month.

The theft happened days before the April 18 special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, when four electronic poll books were stolen from a Cobb County precinct manager’s car.

The equipment is typically used to check in voters at the polls and includes drivers’ license numbers, addresses and other data — not Social Security numbers.

Cobb County police arrested 18-year-old Kareem Riley on April 19. Riley told police he threw the equipment into a dumpster off Cascade Road in Atlanta.

Authorities said no voter information had been taken from the stolen voting equipment and the equipment was destroyed before being placed in a landfill.

Officers involved in the investigation included those from Cobb, Clayton County and College Park.

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