Stolen pens worth a fortune

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By SAPA

Johannesburg - A total of 168 diamond-encrusted pens stolen at a house in Inanda, Johannesburg, were worth R20 million, an insurer said on Thursday.

But selling them would not be easy, said John Pearson, whose company insured the pens.

“They have unique serial and reference numbers. It is impossible to sell them... even overseas.”

The pens, encrusted with diamonds and gold, were stolen last Tuesday from a snooker room at the Inanda, Sandton, house.

They were on open display and not locked away, said Pearson.

“They are collector items and are unique. The thieves selected 168 of them from the collection on display.”

Police spokesman Lt-Col Lungelo Dlamini said the thieves apparently gained entry through a sliding door.

Pearson said his company was offering a “substantial” monetary reward for the safe recovery of the pens.

“All information received will be treated as confidential.”

Pearson would not say who the owner of the house was. - Sapa

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