Stolen radioactive device poses ‘serious health risk’

POLICE in Queensland are warning members of the public to be cautious after a radioactive device was stolen from a car west of Brisbane.

The ‘portable density moisture gauge’ was pinched from a ute on Byrne Street at Bundamba in Ipswich on Tuesday.

The Queensland Police Service issued a statement on Friday night confirming the device contains “radioactive substances” and “poses a serious health risk to people if mishandled”.


(Source: Queensland Police)

(Source: Queensland Police)

“The gauge, which was locked in a transport case, contains radioactive substances and poses a serious health risk to people if mishandled,” Queensland Police said.

“Police are warning members of the public to be cautious.”

The device was locked in a bright green transport case.

Anyone who locates the item is urged not to touch it, but to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.