Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Swedish crown jewels stolen from cathedral in daring speedboat heist

Swedish crown jewels stolen from cathedral in daring speedboat heist

Police said thieves stole priceless treasures from the Swedish royal regalia, including a jeweled crown, from a cathedral where they were on display, before speeding off by motorboat.

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.

Their loot included two royal crowns of King Karl IX and Queen Kristina, as well as an orb. The monarchs were initially buried with these crowns, but later exhumed, NBC News said.

It was a daring daytime heist involving crown jewels, a cathedral, a speedboat, and little in the way of clues, at least so far.

The thieves have not yet been captured.

"We want to spread information and pictures of these items so that they can be identified as stolen objects", police spokesperson Thomas Agnevik said.

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The stolen items, made of gold, pearls and other precious materials, once belonged to Charles IX and his wife Christina, who ruled Sweden in the 17th century.

"These are items that are completely unique, Sweden and probably even internationally", he said.

The witness claims he knew something was up because of the way "they were behaving".

A police spokesperson said it was possible they hightailed it into the region's hinterlands, or may have used a getaway vehicle to reach Stockholm itself. After the theft, multiple people were seen leaving the cathedral in a boat that was waiting right outside, police said. I hope the police succeed in finding them'.

He told the Swedish television channel, SVT: "I have talked to a person at the county administrative board that says that it is not possible to put an economic value on this, these are invaluable objects of national interest".

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