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Stolen device containing radioactive material found at Bridgeport pawn shop

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Bridgeport police have recovered a device containing radioactive material was stolen from inside of a technician’s truck Tuesday morning.

HAKS Material Testing Group reported the device stolen to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission after someone broke into the technician’s truck in Bridgeport. The NRC said in a statement that the suspect cut chains that secured the gauge in place.

The device was found at East Coast Pawn in Bridgeport. One person was taken into custody.

Police believe the robbery happened between 9 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m., Tuesday on 218 Douglas St., in Bridgeport. A debit card was also removed from the car.

FOX61 reports the device contains small amounts of two chemicals: cesium-137 and americium-241.  The gauge is used to measure density by projecting the radioactive sources into the ground and displaying the radiation levels on a dial.

The NRC said in a statement that as long as the device is held in the proper position, it does not present a danger to the public. If the device were altered, it could expose people to dangerous levels of radiation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NRC’s Operations Center at 301-816-5100 or Bridgeport police at 203-581-5238.