“Overtly genderfluid” Sam Brinton, the MIT graduate who joined the Joe Biden administration earlier this year as deputy assistant secretary of the Office of Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition at the US Department of Energy, he was accused of stealing another woman’s luggage at the airport in addition to the previous charge.
8NewsNow investigators revealed Thursday that Brinton was accused of stealing from Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas and a misdemeanor warrant was issued.
“An arrest warrant has been issued for Sam Brinton, a deputy assistant secretary, sources said. The charge is for grand larceny with between $1,200 and $5,000 in value, records showed” reported point of sale.
The outlet did not provide any other details about the allegation beyond what its initial sources revealed.
Sam Brinton He was charged with a felony last month of allegedly stealing a woman’s luggage in Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) International Airport on September 16. The theft reportedly occurred when a woman arriving from New Orleans went to the baggage carousel only to find her navy blue Vera Bradley wheeled bag missing. For Alpha news:
Law enforcement at the Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) International Airport warned to a suitcase lost in the baggage reclaim area on 16 September. The adult female victim said she flew to MSP on a Delta flight from New Orleans and went to retrieve her checked baggage at carousel seven.
Airport records confirmed the navy blue Vera Bradley roller bag arrived at 4:40pm but was missing from the ride. Then law enforcement reviewed surveillance video footage from the baggage claim area and observed Brinton removing a navy-blue wheeled bag from carousel seven, according to a criminal complaint.
The complaint alleges Brinton removed a baggage tag from his bag, stuffed it into a purse he was carrying, and “then left the area at a brisk pace.” Brinton arrived at MSP Airport around 4:27 p.m. on an American Airlines flight from Washington, DC, but he did not check a bag, meaning he had no reason to visit baggage claim, according to the complaint.
The female victim, who estimated the purse cost $2,325, confirmed to police that the navy blue purse Brinton took in the surveillance footage did indeed belong to her. Brinton later took an Uber to the InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront hotel where she checked in with the blue bag, according to the criminal complaint. He later returned to the airport on September 18 with the same bag in hand as he departed for Washington, DC.
On October 9, police questioned Brinton about the bag and whether he “took anything that didn’t belong to him”. Brinton reportedly replied, “Not that I know of.”
Two hours after the interview, Brinton would then call the investigating officer and admit that he was not “completely honest”. According to Brinton, he mistakenly took the dark blue bag because he was tired from the trip and “got nervous” when he arrived at his hotel room and realized the bag belonged to someone else.
Not knowing what to do, Brinton would later tell police he left the woman’s clothes in hotel room drawers and still took the purse with him to keep up appearances.
Brinton would not return the bag to the female victim and police said no clothes were recovered from the hotel room. His first court hearing is scheduled for Dec. 19 in Hennepin County.
The New York Post confirmed the Biden administration put Brinton “on leave about a month ago following the allegations.”
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