A Biden vitality division official who allegedly stole a woman’s suitcase from a Minneapolis airport in September has been accused of one other baggage heist at a Las Vegas airport.
A felony warrant on grand larceny prices was issued for Sam Brinton, the deputy assistant secretary for spent gas and waste disposition on the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy, 8 News Now reported Thursday.
Brinton, who made historical past as one of many federal authorities’s first gender-fluid officers, allegedly stole baggage from one other traveler at Harry Reid International Airport in Vegas on an unknown date, in keeping with the outlet.
Details concerning the alleged theft are scarce, however 8 News Now said Brinton, 35, was charged with grand larceny with a price between $1,200 and $5,000.
The vitality official, who makes use of they/them pronouns, reportedly has sticky fingers for suitcases.
Brinton was positioned on go away from the Department of Energy after it got here out they had been charged with felony theft for reportedly snatching a lady’s Vera Bradley suitcase from baggage declare on the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport on Sept. 16, in keeping with court docket paperwork.
The suitcase and the lady’s belongings inside it had been valued at $2,325.
Brinton initially denied taking the baggage, however later claimed they mistook it for their very own bag at baggage declare — regardless of by no means having checked a bag earlier than their flight, in keeping with court docket filings.
They allegedly eliminated the suitcase’s ID tag after plucking from the baggage carousel, video surveillance confirmed.
They had been later seen utilizing the Vera Bradley suitcase on at the least two events, whereas touring to Washington, DC, on Sept. 18 and Oct. 9, investigators stated.
Brinton was subsequently charged with felony theft of a moveable property with out consent and positioned on go away following the accusation.
Earlier this week, a gaggle of House Republicans called for Brinton to step down over the preliminary allegations.
Rep. Andrew Clyde of Georgia and 15 different Republicans despatched a letter to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Tuesday calling for their removing from the division.
“We demand the resignation of Sam Brinton, and we implore you to set aside petty politics and appoint only the most qualified and dedicated individuals to influence America’s energy sector,” the GOP lawmakers wrote.