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Man arrested for theft of LANL tools

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Radioactive equipment > Española man faces charges related to theft of tools, equipment; some were radioactive

By Tris DeRoma

A 52-year-old Española man has been arrested for reportedly trying to steal at least $12,673 in tools and equipment from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in September 2015.
Richard Atencio was charged with crimes related to the theft April 4, pending an investigation.
Atencio was caught north of Tech Area 18 after an eyewitness said he saw Atencio taking the equipment out of his car and tossing the items into the bushes on the side of a road near the technical area.
The witness told the police at the scene where the tools were found that the suspect drove a car, but he did not get the color. However, the witness also said the suspect was wearing a brown shirt.
Items recovered at the scene included a band saw valued at $5,493, and two dollies valued at $7,180.
Police were able to match the exact price of the items through records kept by LANL. Other stolen items included a box of pipe fittings, two pairs of work gloves, a bottle of liquid cleaning agent, a yellow roll of tape, a silver metal transport hitch, two rolls of white tape, blue and silver tow rope, and a green water hose.
One of the tools was found to be radioactive, which prompted all employees who may have had contact with the tools to be called to TA 54 to be tested.


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