Politics

San Francisco Poll Worker Accused of Stealing Ballots

Heavy turnout is being reported at many polling places across the Tuscaloosa area on Tuesday Nov. 2, 2010. Voters braved the rain and endured long lines to vote at Tuscaloosa Academy in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Tuscaloosa News, Robert Sutton)

Heavy turnout is being reported at many polling places across the Tuscaloosa area on Tuesday Nov. 2, 2010. Voters braved the rain and endured long lines to vote at Tuscaloosa Academy in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Tuscaloosa News, Robert Sutton)

SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco police have arrested a polling inspector on suspicion of stealing up to 75 ballots, a voting roster and other election materials in a bizarre heist.

Lt. Lyn Tomioka said Wednesday that 50-year-old Karl Bradfield Nicholas was arrested around 1 a.m. She said none of the ballot items has been recovered.

Director of Elections John Arntz says a polling inspector broke into the ballot-counting machine Tuesday afternoon and took off with the ballots and a memory pack that records the information from the ballots.

Arntz says the inspector also stole the cell phone of a teenage poll worker.

Police say Nicholas was booked on three felonies, including burglary. He's being held in the county jail.

A message left at a number listed for Nicholas in voter registration records was not immediately returned.