Javier Sanchez arrested in connection with Rayburn House thefts

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., arrives with staff member Javier Sanchez, right, for a closed all-member briefing on the NSA on Capitol Hill in Washington in June. Photo: The Associated Press

Outspoken Congresswoman Michele Bachmann recently announced that she will not seek re-election in 2014. Now, it looks like one of her top aides is also out – but it has nothing to do with politics.

Bachmann has fired Javier Sanchez after he was arrested Monday on a theft charge.

As Legislative Director to Bachmann, Sanchez was often seen walking the halls of Congress with the Republican from Minnesota – who failed to land the party’s Republican presidential nomination during the 2012 election

According to Sanchez’s attorney, David Benowitz, Bachmann fired Sanchez after the 37-year-old aide was charged with second-degree theft – a misdemeanor.

It has been alleged that Sanchez took $80 in petty cash from Bachmann’s office, and then another $120. U.S. Capitol Police confirmed the investigation regarding the arrest of Sanchez, but police would not specify whether or not Sanchez is also linked to a series of burglaries last year from a number of Rayburn House congressional offices.

In those cases, a laundry list of items were swiped – including alcohol, electronics, and memorabilia.

Benowitz stressed to ABC 7 that his client was not charged in connection with those particular crimes, and does not believe he is being investigated for those burglaries on Capitol Hill.

Sanchez is reportedly denying any wrongdoing.

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