Chris Lieberman, FISM News
Police in Montgomery County, Maryland on Wednesday night arrested Sam Brinton, the disgraced former Biden administration official accused of stealing multiple women’s luggage at airports.
“Montgomery County Police assisted in the arrest of Sam Brinton,” Montgomery County Police Department spokesperson Shiera Goff told Fox News Digital. “The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police are lead on this.”
“Brinton was arrested at approximately 10 p.m. last night in [his] home on College Parkway,” Goff went on to say. “[He is] being held in the Montgomery County Central Processing Unit on a no-bond status as [he awaits] an extradition hearing. That’s all of the information we have on our end.”
One of Brinton’s neighbors told The Daily Wire, “four unmarked police showed up last night, they would not let his ‘spouse’ Kevin leave. After about an hour Sam Brinton was escorted out in handcuffs.”
According to The Daily Wire, a judge has ordered Brinton to be extradited to Virginia on grand larceny charges.
Brinton, who identifies as non-binary and “uses they/them pronouns,” formerly worked in the Biden Administration at the Department of Energy (DOE). The president tapped him to serve as deputy assistant secretary of spent fuel and waste disposition at the DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy in January 2022, but he was fired last December after facing multiple accusations of luggage theft.
Last October, Brinton was charged with grand larceny after he allegedly took a woman’s Vera Bradley bag from a luggage carousel at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport on September 16, 2022. The bag and its contents were worth approximately $2,325.
Airport surveillance footage showed Brinton taking the bag from the carousel and removing the ID tag. Brinton originally denied taking the luggage before later claiming to have taken it by mistake.
Then in December, police charged Brinton with a separate incident of grand larceny, this time at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 6, 2022. On that occasion, Brinton allegedly stole a suitcase worth an estimated $3,670 and containing $1,700 in jewelry, $850 in clothing, and $500 in makeup. Brinton was relieved of his duties at the DOE following the second charge.
The two charges carried penalties of up to 15 years in prison. However, in both cases, Brinton was given no jail time.
Last month, Brinton pleaded no contest in the Las Vegas incident. The judge ordered him to pay the woman back and handed him a suspended 180-day jail sentence, meaning he would not have to go to prison if he stayed out of further legal trouble. Brinton also agreed to a mental health screening as part of his plea deal in the Minneapolis case.
Brinton also faces accusations from a Tanzanian fashion designer who says that Brinton wore a custom dress she designed from a bag that she reported missing in 2018.
President Biden has often boasted of his hiring of women, minorities, and LGBTQ individuals, calling his administration the most diverse in the nation’s history. The DOE originally touted Brinton’s appointment as one of the first non-binary LGBTQ officials to serve in government. But mounting scandals forced the department to release Brinton after less than a year of service, giving ammunition to critics who accuse the administration of prioritizing diversity over competence.