Heard on the Hill

Top Aide for Michele Bachmann Arrested on Theft Charges

U.S. Capitol Police have arrested a top aide to Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., on charges of theft.

Capitol Police zeroed in on Javier Sanchez and arrested him on July 11 as part of an investigation of a string of thefts in the Rayburn House Office Building.

“Earlier this year the United States Capitol Police (USCP) was apprised of thefts that occurred in the Rayburn House Office Building. The USCP conducted an investigation and were able to identify a subject. The investigation resulted in the arrest of 37 year old Javier Sanchez of Virginia. The arrest took place on 7/11/2013. Sanchez has been charged with Theft II,” said a statement from Shennell Antrobus, the Capitol Police’s public information officer.

When asked if Sanchez was in custody and if there was arraignment or court date for him, Capitol Police said no further details were forthcoming at the current time.

A senior Capitol Hill law enforcement official said the arrest was for Sanchez’s theft of money from Bachmann's office, and was unrelated to other burglaries in Rayburn. “Theft II” is used to classify when the value of the stolen good falls below a $1,000 threshold.

A request for comment from Bachmann’s office was not immediately returned.