Biden official Sam Brinton allegedly used stolen suitcase for a month

A non-binary Biden administration nuclear official accused of stealing a woman’s suitcase from the Minneapolis airport allegedly emptied the clothes and then used the bag for a month — though he insisted it was accidentally picked up.

Sam Brinton — one of the first non-binary federal government officials — allegedly retrieved Vera Bradley’s $2,325 suitcase from baggage claim in Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport on Sept. 16, court documents say.

When Brinton, who uses she/she pronouns, was confronted by police nearly a month later, they initially denied stealing the bag – and insisted her clothes were in the suitcase at the time.

But Brinton, the deputy assistant secretary for spent fuel and waste management at the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy, was quick to back down, claiming they had taken the bag by mistake.

Brinton told police they first realized the bag didn’t belong to them when they opened it at the hotel, according to court records.

Sam Brinton
Sam Brinton – one of the first non-binary federal government officials – has been charged with stealing a movable property without consent over the suitcase allegedly stolen.
Sam Brinton/Instagram
Sam Brinton with Admiral Rachel Levine
Brinton, pictured with transgender Admiral Rachel Levine, allegedly took Vera Bradley’s $2,325 suitcase from baggage claim in Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport back on September 16th.
Sam Brinton/Instagram

They were nervous that someone would think they stole it, so they emptied the suitcase and threw the woman’s clothes in the hotel room’s drawers, the court documents said.

Brinton allegedly attributed the ordeal to exhaustion.

When police were first alerted to the stolen bag, they reviewed surveillance footage that showed Brinton allegedly grabbing the luggage from the carousel and removing the ID tag that identified the owner.

Brinton was later arrested on surveillance with the same suitcase on at least two trips to Washington, D.C., on September 18 and October 9, authorities said.

Sam Brinton
Brinton initially denied stealing the bag, but later backed down, saying they accidentally took it.
Sam Brinton/Instagram

Police first contacted Brinton on October 9 about the allegedly stolen suitcase.

“If I took the wrong bag, I’m happy to return it, but I don’t have clothes for someone else,” Brinton initially told the officer. “These were my clothes when I opened the bag.”

Brinton called the officer back two hours and admitted he wasn’t “quite honest.”

The Biden officer was charged with stealing a movable property without consent.

They have been placed on furlough following the allegations and another officer was appointed as their temporary replacement earlier this month, according to the Exchange Monitor, which tracks the movements of government officials.

If convicted, Brinton faces up to five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

https://nypost.com/2022/11/29/biden-official-sam-brinton-used-allegedly-stolen-suitcase-for-a-month/ Biden official Sam Brinton allegedly used stolen suitcase for a month

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