Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Press Release
No. I-16-023 July 27, 2016
Contact: Diane Screnci, 610-337-5330 Neil Sheehan, 610-337-5331
Missing Portable Nuclear Gauge Recovered in Connecticut
Connecticut company has notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that
a portable nuclear gauge reported stolen early Tuesday has been
recovered. The gauge, which was located by police
Tuesday afternoon at a
pawn shop in Bridgeport, Conn., was not damaged.
from Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
traveled to the shop Tuesday to inspect the gauge. Once the inspector
confirmed the device was undamaged, it was returned to its owner.
NRC is following up on the event. This includes an NRC inspection being
conducted today at the offices of HAKS Material Testing Group in
On Tuesday morning, HAKS Material Testing Group
reported to the NRC that the gauge was stolen from a technician’s
vehicle while it was parked in Bridgeport. The vehicle’s trunk was
broken into, chains securing the gauge in place were cut and it was
The gauge is used for such industrial purposes as
measuring the density of soil at construction sites. It contains small
amounts of radioactive material that is shielded within the device when
it is not in use.