Man arrested after police find radioactive materials in home

Police: Gibeau had Uranium in home

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  • The contents of metallic canisters marked "Radioactive Material" are inspected by investigators.




  • Joseph E. Gibeau, 44, of Sparta



BY BRETT LAKE
— A Sparta man was arrested last week after police found radioactive materials in his home, according to the Sparta Police Department.

Joseph E. Gibeau, 44, of the 300 block of Route 94, is charged with two counts of child endangerment and one count of possession of stolen property. Additional charges are pending an investigation into the incident, according to police. He is being held at the Sussex County Jail on $250,000 bail.

Around 5:30 p.m., April 11, officers went to Gibeau’s home after receiving a hang-up call to police. When they arrived, Gibeau was intoxicated and involved in a verbal dispute with his wife, according to a police news release.

Officer Daniel Elig saw, in plain view, three small metallic containers which were painted yellow and marked as “Radioactive Material,” according to police.

An investigation into the materials was conducted by members of the Picatinny Arsenal Fire Department, who are trained in Radiological Isotope Detection. It was determined that two of the three containers contained Uranium 235 and Americium 241, according to police.

The materials were transported by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Agency to the state laboratory in Bayonne for additional testing.

Police took Gibeau to the Newton Medical Center for treatment of possible alcohol poisoning, he was arrested after his released from the hospital.

Gibeau was previously employed by Picatinny Aresenal as a computer programmer, according to police.

He faces the charges of child endangerment because he is responsible for the care of a nine-year-old and six-year-old, according to police.

The possession of stolen property charge alleges that Gibeau "commited the offense of theft by knowingly bringing into this state moveable property belonging to Picatinny Arsenal knowing it was stolen, specifically by possessing in his red barn a large amount of glass beakers belonging to Picatinny Arsenal," the release states.

Sparta Det. Sgt. Terrence Mulligan, Sgt. Joseph Pensado, and members from the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, The Federal Bureau of Investigation, The Department of Homeland Security, New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Picatinny Arsenal’s Police and Fire Departments assisted at the scene.

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