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Police investigating stolen nuclear density gauges

Police: Nuclear density gauges stolen
Police: Nuclear density gauges stolen
Police: Nuclear density gauges stolen
Posted at 4:13 PM, Aug 17, 2016

Las Vegas police, along with the Division of Public Health, are investigating two stolen nuclear density gauges.

The thefts occurred on Aug. 11 in the 4000 block of Meadow Valley Lane, near Alta Drive and Valley View Boulevard.

The density gauges are used to determine soil compaction and contain two radioactive isotopes. The gauges pose minimal risk when properly shielded and used by a trained technician. Anyone that comes into contact with the devices should use extreme caution.

The gauges are stored individually in bright yellow cases that are about the size of a normal ice chest. The gauges are Troxler model 3440 and are approximately 6 inches by 9 inches by 15 inches with a yellow body and digital keypad.

Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at (702) 828-3111, or the Radiation Control Program at (877) 438-7231.