On July 11, police reportedly arrested an aide for Republican Representative Michele Bachmann in connection to a probe into thefts from Rayburn House Office Building. That probe, launched earlier this year by the U.S. Capitol Police, has apparently resulted in charges of Theft II against Javier Sanchez, according to Fox News's Chad Pergram. Reporters from ABC and the Hill confirmed the arrest with USCP.
Sanchez, 37, started working for Bachmann earlier this year. Before that, he worked for Republican Representative Virginia Foxx. According to Fox News, Sanchez is currently one of Bachmann's top, and most visible aides. ABC 7 News did an earlier report on a series of recent thefts from the building, which houses the offices of 167 representatives. From their report on the arrest, it looks like the thefts reported on here could be the ones Sanchez was connected to (though, as Rollcall noted last year, thefts aren't all that uncommon from congressional offices):
A number of break-ins were reported in the offices of several representatives in the Longworth and Rayburn buildings on Capitol Hill last year. The thefts had some House staffers off balance.
"It's a mystery because there is no place more secure," Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, (D- District of Columbia) told ABC7 News in October.
Police say the suspect mostly stole bottles of alcohol, memorabilia and electronics.
Here's their segment on the thefts, aired last October:
The targets of those thefts reportedly included North Carolina Congressman Mike McIntyre. Fox News said that the USCP investigation was in response to a "string" of thefts, while the Hill notes that an investigation began "earlier this year." According to NBC, Sanchez is denying the charges. The "Theft II" charge indicates that the value of stolen goods he's accused of taking is under $1000 in value.
We'll update this story with more information as it comes in...
Photo: Javier Sanchez (R) with Rep. Michele Bachmann, via the AP