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The first of eight layers of security mechanisms in place at the Plutonium Facility at Technical Area 55 stopped an alleged thief from exiting Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The man has reportedly worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for more than 20 years and, according to reports, recently tried to take gold out of the plutonium facility undetected.
He was reportedly caught carrying an estimated $2,000 worth of the gold shavings in a plastic sandwich bag concealed inside his clenched fist.
Gold is currently trading at more than $917 per Troy ounce.
The attempted theft reportedly occurred early last week and the case was turned over to the FBI on Wednesday for further investigation.
The gold is used to seal cracks in platinum-lined containers used for plutonium-related work, according to information provided to the Monitor.
LANL spokesman Kevin Roark confirmed in a statement this morning that the employee attempted to remove two ounces of gold contaminated with a “small amount of radioactive material” last week.
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