Klaus is seen on live television gawking at the ceremonial pen while sitting next to Chilean President Sebastián Piñera before making his move and deftly pocketing it.
The video, which went viral on Tuesday, shows Klaus, very matter-of-factly, picking up the pen and seemingly studying it. Klaus, very presidentially, pretends to listen to Piñera's speech. Then, as if he were using his counterpart as a decoy, smiles, slips the pen in his pocket, and closes the pen box (to hide the evidence?).
Czech television broadcast the video, and then a copy showed up on YouTube with the headline "President of Czech Republic steals pen." The video catches the president red-handed – and even provides red circles and arrows and a crime scene soundtrack.
It's had more than 100,000 views and counting.
Klaus spokesman Radim Ochvat said Tuesday that it was "a common pen with a logo of the state or office, which presidents and members of their delegation receive during state visits."
Actually, the pens are encrusted with semi-precious Chilean lápiz lazuili stones, but Piñera spokeswoman Constanza Cea said the president's guests are free to take them.