Former Biden Administration official Sam Brinton was arrested last night, this time over a suspected baggage theft at Washington National Airport (DCA). This marks the third such incident.
Sam Brinton Arrested Again For Third Luggage Heist, This Time At DCA
We’ve written about Brinton’s antics twice before. Brinton was a Department of Energy official in the Biden Administration, serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition. However, Brinton was terminated after revelations the 35-year-old engaged in baggage theft at both Minneapolis (MSP) and Las Vegas (LAS) airports.
MSP Baggage Theft
In the Minneapolis incident, Brinton removed a bag from the baggage belt despite not having checked a bag on the flight:
Minnesota alleged that Brinton on Sep. 16 was seen on airport surveillance footage removing “a navy blue hard-sided roller bag” from a baggage claim carousel — a bag similar to one reported missing that day.
Brinton “removed the blue bag’s tag and put the bag tag in the handbag they were carrying,” and “left the area at a quick pace,” the complaint said.
The woman who reported the bag missing, and identified the bag as hers in multiple surveillance videos, said the total value of items in the allegedly stolen bag was roughly $2,325, the complaint said.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Police Department confirmed that Brinton, who identifies as genderfluid and uses ‘they,’ ‘them’ and ‘theirs’ as personal pronouns, had arrived on an American Airlines flight from Washington, and that they had not checked a bag on that flight.
When police knocked at the door, Brinton declared that an honest mistake had been made.
LAS Baggage Theft
In the Las Vegas incident, a missing baggage report 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.”
Now we have part III.
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DCA Baggage Theft
Brinton was linked to third incident, thought to have occurred after the Minneapolis and Las Vegas incidents, in which luggage was reported missing at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
Last night, Brinton was arrested at home (with husband Kevin Reike looking on) and spent the night in the Montgomery County Detention Center.
A police statement confirmed the arrest took place:
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police executed a search warrant May 17 in Montgomery County, Maryland, in connection with allegations of stolen property in luggage from Reagan National Airport that was brought to the department’s attention in February 2023.
With the assistance of Montgomery County Police, Samuel Otis Brinton, age 35, of Rockville, Maryland, was taken into custody Wednesday pending charges of Grand Larceny.
Brinton entered into a plea deal on the first two cases, but may face jail time and a steep fine for the third incident.
Troubled Sam Brinton has been arrested for allegedly stealing more luggage, this time at Washington National Airport. It is not yet clear what kind of legal consequences Brinton now faces: no statements have been issued from legal counsel. Kleptomania is a real thing, though, and without excusing the conduct, I hope that Brinton can learn that the rush that comes from stealing baggage is not the way human beings should act toward one another.
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