updated 2/4/2011 12:47:17 PM ET 2011-02-04T17:47:17

A Japanese rubber company says that nearly 85,000 boxes of its condoms have been stolen in Malaysia.

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Sagami Rubber Industries Co., one of Japan's biggest condom makers, said Thursday that the boxes were en route from the factory to a port, where they were supposed to be shipped to Japan.

The company described the Jan. 26 theft as "unfortunate" and said it was the first time such a thing had happened.

The boxes contained some 725,000 individual condoms, collectively worth 121 million yen ($1.48 million).

Malaysian police are investigating the theft.

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