Phoenix Stabbing Leads Detectives To Stolen Radioactive Material

Published: Monday, April 29, 2019 - 1:24pm
Updated: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 10:44am
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
Jared Atkins.

A stabbing at a Phoenix convenience store shortly after midnight Sunday led Phoenix police to something nuclear in nature at the suspect's home.

When officers tracked down 25-year old Jared Atkins at his central Phoenix home, they learned he had several radioactive gauges stored in his car.

"They're actually radiological tools to measure the density of items," said Tommy Thompson with Phoenix police. "And, yes, so they do contain radiological elements."

For that reason, Thompson said they called the FBI for support, and managed to lure Atkins out of his home after several hours of negotiating.

"He surrendered, came outside of his apartment without incidence," Thompson said.

They found the three gauges and, "none of them had been breached, and at no time were they a threat to the community."

Thompson said Atkins stole the gauges were stolen from his employer.

The clerk, who was stabbed at the gas station store, suffered minor injuries.

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