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