Biden official Sam Brinton was caught stealing Vera Bradley luggage at the Minneapolis airport and has been charged with a felony. Brinton works as the deputy assistant secretary of the Office of Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition at the U.S. Department of Energy.
On September 16, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport law enforcement were notified of a missing suitcase in baggage claim. The female victim said she went to retrieve her checked bag at a carousel and found it missing.
Records confirmed her navy blue Vera Bradley roller bag had arrived at 4:40 p.m. before going missing. According to a criminal complaint, when law enforcement reviewed surveillance footage they saw Brinton taking the missing bag from the carousel. Brinton went on to detach the women’s luggage claim tag from the bag, deposited it into his handbag and “then left the area at a quick pace.”
Sam Brinton, the “gender fluid” Deputy Assistant Secretary for Spent Nuclear Fuel and Waste Disposition in the Department of Energy, was charged with felony theft last month after stealing ~$2,500 worth of women’s luggage at an airport. pic.twitter.com/y7ZUrBoylS
— BowTiedRanger (@BowTiedRanger) November 28, 2022
According to the complaint, Brinton did not check a bag on his flight to Minneapolis/St Paul Airport and had no explainable reason for going to baggage claim. Yet video survelliance shows that Brinton continued to use the stolen bag. On Oct 9 Brinton returned from Europe and was seen carrying the bag in Dulles International Airport footage. The victim positively identified her stolen bag and said the value of the bag and its contents exceeded $2300.00.
Twitter users used the opportunity to roast Brinton, with one user commenting on the Biden official’s style saying “it makes way more sense when you realize he’s just wearing whatever he finds in other people’s luggage.”
Sam Brinton's style makes way more sense when you realize he's just wearing whatever he finds in other people's luggage. pic.twitter.com/FVqNRsVKv7
— Kate Hyde (@KateHydeNY) November 29, 2022
Police interviewed Brinton on October 9 asking if he had taken anything that did not belong to him. But according to AlphaNews, he initially pretended his bag had gotten mixed up with another passenger, saying,
“If I had taken the wrong bag, I am happy to return it, but I don’t have any clothes for another individual. That was my clothes when I opened the bag.”
However Brinton apparently called the investigating officer back two hours later, to apologize for not being “completely honest.” This time Brinton blamed fatigue saying he thought the bag was his. In his second story he said he was worried people would think he stole the bag, and “got nervous” and did not “know what to do” telling the police he left the victim’s clothes in in the hotel room. Police did not find clothing left in the room and explained how the bag should be returned to Delta. The Department of Energy declined to comment and Brinton’s hearing is currently scheduled for Dec 19.