Swedish crown jewels stolen by thieves in speedboats

02 August, 2018, 00:28 | Author: Jason Torres
  • 2018 robbers stole two crowns worn by King Charles IX and his wife Queen Christina from a Swedish cathedral

According to reports, the burglars brazenly swiped "invaluable objects" straight from Strängnäs Cathedral in southeastern Sweden and made away with them on a motorboat.

King Karl IX died in 1611 and his wife Queen Kristina died in 1625.

The crown jewels were on display in Strangnas Cathedral situated 100 kilometers from Stockholm. "It's just not possible to sell these kinds of objects", the national police coordinator for thefts of cultural artefacts, Maria Ellior, told news agency TT.

The priceless artefacts were snatched from a cathedral in Strangnas, about an hour west of the capital Stockholm, at lunchtime on Tuesday, police said.

Shortly before noon on Tuesday, two men smashed the glass case, grabbed the items, and took off running, the Washington Post reported. The stolen items were on display at an exhibition in the cathedral, and visitors were inside at the time.

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"I saw a white little boat with an outboard motor on the back".

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. However, police spokesman Thomas Agnevik was optimistic that the difficulty in finding a market for these items would lead to their recovery.

"The score is 1-0 for them right now, but we don't know what it will be like tomorrow", Agnevik said. In 2012, a friend of the royal family was convicted for stealing royal jewels worth more than $120,000, which he had purloined from a private apartment belonging to Princess Christina, the sister of King Carl XVI Gustaf.

Sweden is one of 10 European nations that still have reigning royal families.

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