To have one laptop stolen might be considered a misfortune, but to have two stolen could look like carelessness, especially when you're the head of Israel's nuclear programme.
News of the theft from Shaul Horev's family home in Beit Yitzhak was kept from the Israeli public on Monday by a military censor and a gagging order requested by the police.
The gag was partially lifted on Tuesday with a statement from Horev's office confirming he had been the victim of a burglary. His wallet, a "communication device" and various documents were also reported to have been taken.
As head of Israel's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), Horev is in charge of Israel's nuclear policy and answers directly to the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu.