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A portable moisture density gauge that uses radioactive materials has been reported stolen from a truck in a suburb north of New York City. Stony Point police tell the Journal News in Saturday editions that they are searching for the over $4,000 device, which is regulated by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The gauge is licensed to a company that inspects construction material. The gauge was reported stolen June 27 from a truck parked outside the home of an employee who works for the testing company. The device's radioactive sources are categorized by the NRC as "very unlikely to cause permanent injury to individuals." State Department of Health spokesman Tom Alloco tells the newspaper that the radioactive sources are "doubly encapsulated and secured." Exposure would occur if the device broke.
Who in their right mind would steal something that if broken could cause radiation exposure? .