Stolen radioactive gauge recovered by Thornton police
THRONTON, Colo. – A piece of equipment that uses radioactive materials that was reported stolen from a vehicle in Thornton was recovered by police on Tuesday night, according t0 the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
The CDPHE also indicated that the suspects accused of stealing the device, a portable moisture density gauge containing radioactive materials, were in custody as of Wednesday morning, and that a criminal investigation was underway.
The device, a Troxler model 3430 density gauge, uses radioactivity to test moisture density at construction sites. Martinez Associates, LLC, reported the gauge was stolen from a vehicle parked at an apartment complex near I-25 and 88th Avenue on Sunday night.
The instrument could only be harmful to the public, the CDPHE indicated, if handled improperly.
An investigation by the CDPHE’s Radiation Program was underway as of Wednesday to determine if Martinez Associates, LLC, violated its radioactive materials license before the device was stolen.