Published: Wed, August 01, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Thieves Steal Swedish Royal Jewels, Escape by Speedboat

Thieves Steal Swedish Royal Jewels, Escape by Speedboat

Two crowns worn by Karl IX and Queen Kristina, as well as a royal orb, were taken from the 13th Century Strangnas Cathedral.

An eyewitness told a local news outlet that once they reached the lake, the thieves jumped into a "little white boat". They asked the public for help, while Sweden's main news agency, TT, said an global inquiry for the artifacts would be made in Interpol's system.

The crowns were originally buried with King Charles IX in 1611, and later his wife Queen Christina, as their burial crowns.

The theft occurred at about noon on Tuesday in Strängnäs, west of Stockholm, while the church was open to visitors, and a lunch fair was being held nearby.

The men appeared to have escaped using two black bicycles - which they likely stole ahead of the heist - to race to the waiting boat, said police spokesman Stefan Dangardt.

Police believe that the perpetrators might have abandoned the motorboat, transferred to a auto, and are either going west, or east towards the capital Stockholm.

The police are chasing the suspects on a motorboat, it says.

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Police and cathedral officials said they did not know the value of the objects that were stolen.

The motorboat is described as small and open, though its color is now unclear.

"It's 1-0 to them right now", police spokesperson Thomas Agnevik told Swedish media.

Strangnas Cathedral where the jewels were stolen was taped off by police.

'I think it's very bad, it's despicable that people would steal from a holy building and take something of historic and monetary value.

Agnevik added: "But if they are pros, we may not get the items back or find whoever did this".

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