LAS VEGAS (KXNT) – Las Vegas police are asking for the public’s help in locating a pair of nuclear density gauges stolen last week.

The gauges, which contain two radioactive isotopes, were stolen from the 4000 block of Meadow Valley Lane on Aug. 11, according to a Las Vegas Metro Police statement.

The gauges are used to determine soil compaction and pose minimal risk when properly shielded, authorities said. The gauges were each stored in bright yellow cases about the size of a normal ice chest.

Division of Public Health officials said while the gauges present little danger when stored and used by a trained technician, anyone who comes into contact with the devices should use extreme caution.

The gauges are each described as a Troxler model 3440, measuring 6 by 9 by 15 inches in size with yellow bodies and digital keypads.

Anyone with information about the theft or the gauge’s current location were asked to call the Las Vegas Metro Police Department at 702-828-3111 or the Radiation Control Program at 877-438-7231.


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