|TEXAS AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE
The following information was obtained from the state of Texas via email:
"On January 21, 2020, the licensee notified the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services], that one of its company trucks with one of its moisture/density gauges had been stolen from its facility. The technician had pulled the truck into the licensee's yard (fenced area but gate open) and pulled up to the building. He turned off the truck, but left the keys in it, while he took a test sample inside the building. The licensee's video surveillance shows an individual walked into the yard and stole the truck which had a Troxler model 3440 moisture/density gauge in the bed. The gauge has a lock on the insertion rod. The gauge is inside its transport case which has a lock. The transport case is inside a metal box that is bolted in the bed of the pickup that also has a lock. However, the keys to these locks are on the same key ring as the truck ignition key. The licensee immediately notified the local police department who responded to the facility and is investigating. An investigation into this event is ongoing.
"More information will be provided as it is obtained in accordance with SA-300.
"Gauge info: Troxler 3440 SN: 27798
Sources: Am-241/Be: 40 mCi, SN: 479223; Cs-137: 8 mCi, SN: 750-9353"
Texas Incident No. I-9734
THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "LESS THAN CAT 3" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL
Sources that are "Less than IAEA Category 3 sources," are either sources that are very unlikely to cause permanent injury to individuals or contain a very small amount of radioactive material that would not cause any permanent injury. Some of these sources, such as moisture density gauges or thickness gauges that are Category 4, the amount of unshielded radioactive material, if not safely managed or securely protected, could possibly - although it is unlikely - temporarily injure someone who handled it or were otherwise in contact with it, or who were close to it for a period of many weeks. For additional information go to http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1227_web.pdf