Two men arrested for theft of Palm Beach County voting
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (CNN) -- Two men were arrested on Thursday for stealing one of Palm Beach County's voting
machines, complete with its controversial "butterfly" ballot,
and trying to sell it on the Internet.
A news release from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement
said the men tried to sell the machine and ballot on the
Internet auction site eBay for $2,000.
The FDLE was notified of the Internet advertisement by Palm
Beach County Elections Supervisor Theresa LePore.
A law enforcement special agent responded to the Web posting,
posing as an interested buyer. In a phone conversation about
the sale, one of the suspects upped the price on the machine
and ballot to $20,000. The agent asked to see the items
before purchase, and met with two men on a street corner at 5
At that meeting, the two suspects displayed the goods and
negotiated a price of $4,000 to complete the sale. FDLE
special agents then arrested Mark Bruce Richter, 41, and
Steven Robert Solomon, 43, both of Lake Worth, Florida.
Both are charged with unlawful possession of a voting
machine, which is a felony, and dealing in stolen property.
In addition, Solomon is charged with possession of a firearm
during the commission of a felony. Agents found a 40-caliber
semiautomatic pistol in his fanny pack.
In interviews after their arrests, the men said the voting
machine was stolen from the Winston Trails Clubhouse in Lake
Worth on Thursday, November 9. It was being stored there
until workers from the elections department could pick it up.
The men were booked into the Palm Beach County jail.