Sam Brinton is in a heap of trouble. The Department of Energy official was caught on camera stealing another suitcase in Las Vegas and now faces charges for stealing baggage from two airports.
Biden Energy Official Busted For Baggage Theft At Second Airport, This Time In Las Vegas
35-year-old Brinton, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition, has now been accused of a second baggage heist, this time a name-brand suitcase at a Las Vegas airport filled with valuables.
CCTV footage shows Brinton walking through Harry Reid International Airport with the stolen bag. The $320 Away-branded bag was allegedly filled with over $3,000 worth of items including jewelry, makeup, and clothes.
After landing on a United Airlines flight from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Las Vegas (LAS), a woman waited for her bag on the baggage belt. After she could not find it but United showed it had been unloaded, she filed a stolen suitcase report with airport police.
That led police to pull up CCTV footage, where Brinton was found walking away with the suitcase. Police made the positive match thanks to a unique shirt Brinton was wearing that matched a shirt posted on Instagram earlier from the United Airlines gate area between the C and D gates at Washington Dulles.
The footage revealed that Brinton checked the tag and looked around before taking the bag according to the police report:
“Specifically, Brinton pulled the victim’s luggage from the carousel and examined the tag. Then placed it back on the carousel, looking in all directions for anyone who might be watching, or might approach. Pulling it back off the carousel and demonstrating the same behavior by looking around before walking away with it quickly.”
Brinton uses the pronouns “they” and “them” and identifies as non-binary, marking the first such high-ranking individual in U.S. government history. Thus far, the Department of Energy has placed Brinton on leave, but stopped short of termination.
This is a sad matter. As a high-profile public figure, Brinton’s downfall will be used as a political weapon and a lynchpin for social division. Hopefully, Brinton will get the help needed to overcome what appears to be kleptomaniac tendencies.