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Police: Bridgeport Man Stole Radioactive Device

Carlos Hernandez
Carlos Hernandez Photo Credit: Bridgeport Police Department

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A Bridgeport man was arrested Tuesday after police said he stole a potentially dangerous radioactive device from a car.

Carlos Hernandez, 28, of Noble Avenue, was charged with second-degree larceny and credit card fraud, police said.

Police released a surveillance video and asked for the public’s assistance in finding the man they believed stole the device from a car on Douglas Street Monday night or early Tuesday morning. It is unclear whether a tipster directed police to East Coast Pawn on Glenwood Avenue, where it was found.

A Douglas street man said he awoke Tuesday morning to find his car had been broken into and a Troxler 3440 Nuclear Dosimeter worth $7,000 was taken from his trunk, police said.

The device, which measures ground density, could expose people to dangerous levels of radiation if it were altered, police said.

The theft occurred between 9 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

The suspect also took the victim’s credit card from the vehicle and it was used around 5 a.m. at the Redbox in the Walgreens parking lot on Park Avenue, police said. Detectives recovered surveillance video showing the suspect.

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