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Radioactive Device Recovered After It Was Stolen From Car In Bridgeport

The Bridgeport Police Department is looking for assistance in identifying the person responsible for the larceny of a potentially dangerous radioactive device between Monday night and Tuesday morning.
The Bridgeport Police Department is looking for assistance in identifying the person responsible for the larceny of a potentially dangerous radioactive device between Monday night and Tuesday morning. Video Credit: Bridgeport Police
A radioactive device that looks like this was stolen from a car on Douglas Street in Bridgeport.
A radioactive device that looks like this was stolen from a car on Douglas Street in Bridgeport. Photo Credit: Bridgeport Police Department

updated: BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A potentially dangerous radioactive device stolen from a Bridgeport car Monday night was recovered at a city pawn shop and a suspect was in custody Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Bridgeport and state police were still on the scene of the unfolding story at 6 p.m., according to Av Harris, Bridgeport's director of communications.

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.

Anyone with more information should contact Detective Santiago Llanos at 203-581-5238.

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