Virginia man, Bachmann aide arrested and charged with theft

Posted at 7:35 PM, Jul 16, 2013

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A top staff member for Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, was arrested and faces theft charges involving objects stolen from a House office building, U.S. Capitol Police said.

Police said they arrested Javier Sanchez, 37, of Virginia, last Thursday after an investigation, but the matter just came to light publicly on Monday night.

A staff directory had listed Sanchez as Bachmann’s legislative director, but it was unclear if that was his most recent position.

The congresswoman’s office confirmed Sanchez had worked there but a spokesman said he was “no longer with the office” as of Friday. Dan Kotman, Bachmann’s spokesman, directed further questions to Capitol Police.

A Capitol Police spokesman said thefts occurred in the Rayburn House Office Building earlier this year. Many personal offices for representatives as well as various committees are based in the building.

Police did not describe what was taken and did not release other details of the case.

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