Radioactive device reported stolen found in pawn shop

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A soil-testing device containing radioactive material has been located in a Connecticut pawn shop, hours after it was stolen from the trunk of a car.

Authorities say the moisture-density gauge was stolen Tuesday morning in Bridgeport from the car of a technician who works for HAKS, a New York-based consulting firm offering material testing services.

The device is used to test moisture density in soil. It contains enough cesium-137 and americium-241 to make a person ill, but not a lethal dose.

Police say the device was recovered Tuesday afternoon from a local pawn shop.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission was notified of the theft and had planned to send an inspector to the city on Thursday.

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