Police investigating possible theft of historic pen
Pen was used to sign historic document in England
Last Updated: 454 days ago
LA JOLLA, Calif. -
Two months after it was used to sign a piece of scientific history, a silver pen is now authoring a mystery with its disappearance.
"I'm troubled and sleep-deprived," said neuroscientist Philip Low, who owns the pen.
Low has been on the hunt, retracing his steps for clues.
In July, Low and his silver Chopard pen were in Cambridge, England, where famed physicist Stephen Hawking was on hand. Two dozen of the world's leading neuroscientists gathered to sign the Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness for all animals and birds.
"We came to the scientific conclusion that these animals are sentient beings. They can feel love, pain anger," said Low.
Low said he was preparing to send the signed document and the pen to the Smithsonian Institute when the pen disappeared.
The pen was last used by Low to sign a receipt at the restaurant NINE-TEN in La Jolla Sunday afternoon.
Low said he believes it's likely a case of theft.
"It's a piece I had with me pretty much at all times," said Low.
Because he always keeps a close eye on it, he said it's possible it was stolen from his La Jolla company Neurovigil.
Low said the $400 pen could be auctioned for more than $10,000 because of the historic value.
Low is offering a $1,000 reward, and San Diego police have opened a felony theft investigation.
"We're hoping this Good Samaritan finds the pen, understands the pen belongs to humanity, not just one person," said Low.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the San Diego Police Department's Northern Division at 858-552-1700.
Copyright 2012 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.