Monday, 20 August, 2018

Hunt for cathedral raiders who seized Sweden's crown jewels

Thieves steal Swedish royal crowns, flee in motorboat Swedish crown jewels stolen from cathedral in daring speedboat heist
Jay Anderson | 02 August, 2018, 00:31

The theft took place around lunchtime Tuesday, while the 13th century cathedral was open to visitors.

Two crowns - one belonging to King Karl IX, the other to Queen Kristina - were snatched on Tuesday morning, as well as a royal orb. The crowns and orb are adorned with precious stones and gold as well as pearls. "It's 1-0 to them right now", Thomas Agnevik, a police spokesman, told Aftonbladet.

Two men were seen to jump into a motor boat moored just below the church.

Two men reportedly lifted them from locked glass boxes and made their getaway in a speedboat waiting at a nearby waterway.

The police have issued vague descriptions of the thieves: one is said to be skinny and wearing a light beige jacket with dark long trousers. Sweden's third-largest freshwater lake. "The police are still keen to get further tips from the public".

The stolen items are "impossible to sell" due to their uniqueness and high visibility, Maria Ellior of the Swedish police's National Operations Department told the Swedish news agency TT.




Parts of the Swedish Royal Regalia have been swiped from Strängnäs Cathedral in Sweden where they were on display.

Strangnas is a small, quiet town with a population of about 13,000.

The cathedral was closed today, and a grassy area by the jetty was cordoned off as police inspected the ground for clues.

The stolen goods had been buried with Karl IX since the 1600s but were later exhumed and put on display.

Officials seem confident about the eventual return of the family heirlooms, since there are few people experienced with handling an item of such value and importance.

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