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PD: Man accused of stealing device containing radioactive material

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Carlos Hernandez was  arrested after device containing radioactive material stolen from CT company. (Bridgeport Police Department) Carlos Hernandez was arrested after device containing radioactive material stolen from CT company. (Bridgeport Police Department)
BRIDGEPORT, CT (WFSB) -

An arrest was made in connection with a device containing radioactive material that stolen from a company in Bridgeport on Tuesday.

Carlos Hernandez, 28, of Bridgeport was charged with second-degree larceny and credit card fraud.

His arrest comes after HAKS Material Testing Group reported that the device was stolen from a technician’s vehicle. Police said the car’s trunk was broken into while it was parked on Douglas Street. Chains securing the portable moisture-density gauge were cut and the device was taken, police added. 

Authorities released photos of a man, who was later identified as Hernandez, trying to use stolen credit cards in hopes of making an arrest

Later Tuesday afternoon, Bridgeport officials said the device was found at East Coast Pawn. The device was "not damage," according to Nuclear Regulatory Commission. 

"We do this in a lot of burglary and larceny investigations, where we think items that are stolen might show up in Pawn Shops and most of the pawn shops in the city are cooperative with police," said Bridgeport Police Capt. Brian Fitzgerald.

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection traveled to HAKS Material Testing Group to inspect the device. NRC "confirmed the device was undamaged, it was returned to its owner." 

NRC said an inspection will be conducted at the Bridgeport offices of HAKS Material Testing Group on Wednesday. 

The device is common and used "for such industrial purposes as measuring the density of soil at construction sites," according to NRC. They added "contains small amounts of radioactive material that is shielded within the device when it is not in use." 

Police said Hernandez has an extensive criminal history, including burglary, assault and strangulation, larceny, and failure to appear.

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