Feds investigate multiple thefts of radioactive items at lab

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Posted: Oct 23, 2015 12:09 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials say workers have stolen radioactive materials from Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico multiple times this year.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Friday (http://bit.ly/1i0vLG2 ) that the items were taken from an area that stores contaminated materials before they're shipped elsewhere. A federal court filing says there have been 76 thefts by Los Alamos personnel in 2015.

An affidavit says lab officials contacted federal investigators on Sept. 30 to say a subcontractor's employee had stolen items.

The day before, police responded to a call about a man throwing materials into bushes near the lab. Officers found several radioactive items, including a band saw that tested 500 times above the allowable limit for contamination.

A Los Alamos spokesman referred questions to the FBI, which didn't respond to a request for comment.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com