Burglars broke into the secured home of Israel Atomic Energy Commission head Shaul Horev in central Israel late Monday night. On Tuesday, police began investigating the break-in.
Police were compiling a list of stolen items taken from the home in Moshav Beit Yitzhak near Netanya. It was unclear if the thieves had managed to take classified or sensitive material. According to the online news portal Ynet, the intruders stole a communication device, a briefcase and his wallet.
Horev is Israel's chief representative in international nuclear forums. As the head of the atomic commission, Horev reports directly to the Prime Minister's Office and has a high security clearance. This is the second time that the Horev's house has been robbed, even though he monitors his home with security cameras and the culprits were caught on tape. The first time, a burglar stole a laptop computer.
"We still don't know exactly what was stolen, and we've launched an investigation," a police spokesperson said.
Police Superintendent Moshe Cohen, commander of the Sadot police station in the Sharon district, launched an investigation.
This is not the first robbery of a high-profile official in which burglars have stolen classified information from a senior official's home. Israeli soldier Louis Mascota broke into the home of former IDF chief of staff Lt. Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi and stole a pistol, credit cards and various other memorabilia. Mascota was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Intruders also broke into former GOC Southern Command Maj. Gen. (res.) Yoav Gallant's home and stole his laptop computer and cellular phone. In a separate case, a tablet computer was stolen from then Jerusalem District police commander Maj. Gen. Niso Shaham.