Gardai in Dundalk are currently investigating the circumstances of the theft of a Handheld X-Ray Fluorescent Metal Analyzer from a van in a hotel car park in Dundalk overnight.
The valuable device was taken from a white van parked in the car park of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Green Park, sometime between 10pm on the 27th and 9am on the 28th August 2014.
In a statement issued on Friday they said: “ Gardai in Dundalk would like to advise the public that this device emits radiation,is dangerous and should only be used by trained personnel. The device was in a case when taken.
“Gardai are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have any information to contact the Gardai at Dundalk on 042-9388400 the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.”
The the equipment was stored in a case 700mmX400mmX300mm. This device is used in the construction industry to measure the density of metal in objects and to detect metals in objects or materials.
The device is used when the end of the nozzle is put against an object. X-Rays are emitted and readings taken by the device.
According to the Society of Radiological Protection in the UK; “if the equipment is incorrectly set-up or misused there is the potential for unacceptable high radiation exposures.”