LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Sam Brinton, the former Department of Energy official, who was accused of stealing luggage at Harry Reid International Airport last year, was arrested in Maryland Wednesday, according to Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police.
8 News Now Investigators learned the police executed a search warrant at Brinton’s home in “connection with allegations of stolen property in luggage from Reagan National Airport that was brought to the department’s attention in February 2023.”
The Maryland State Attorney’s Office said Brinton was taken into custody because he is wanted in Arlington, Virginia for grand larceny over $1,000.
In July 2022, a woman reported her luggage missing from Harry Reid International Airport. A Las Vegas Metropolitan police officer reviewed the surveillance video and observed Brinton pulling the victim’s luggage from the carousel and examining the tag, and then placing it back on the carousel. The warrant said Brinton then pulled it back off the carousel, looked around, and walked away with it.
Brinton, who identifies as non-binary accepted a plea deal in the Las Vegas case to pay the victim restitution of nearly $3,670 and receive a suspended jail sentence of 180 days.
Prior to the Nevada incident, Brinton was battling luggage theft charges in Minnesota. Jail was avoided in both cases.