Published: Wed, August 01, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Swedish crown jewels: Speedboat thieves steal priceless treasures

Swedish crown jewels: Speedboat thieves steal priceless treasures

Two crowns and an orb - one belonging to King Karl IX, the other to Queen Kristina - were snatched Tuesday morning from the Strangnas Cathedral, a 900-year-old church located about 50 miles from the capital of Stockholm.

Sweden's royal family still regularly captures Europe's attention with glamour, gossip - and the shiny crown jewels that are put on public display whenever the occasion merits it.

The jewels were stored in the cathedral in the town of Strängnäs.

Swedish crown jewels: Speedboat thieves steal priceless treasures
Swedish crown jewels: Speedboat thieves steal priceless treasures

Eyewitness Tom Rowsell, who is getting married at the cathedral this weekend, described seeing two people running to a "little white boat with a motor on the back".

The thieves have not yet been captured.

Police spokesman Thomas Agnevik told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that the thieves broke the glass display case housing the jewels, which was armed with an alarm system.

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Witnesses say the crooks hopped into a boat moored immediately below the cathedral after the robbery.

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

He said: "I have talked to someone at the county administrative board that says it is not possible to put an economic value on them - these are invaluable objects of national interest".

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Maria Ellior, an official with the Swedish police's National Operations Department, told the local TT news agency Wednesday that the items would be "impossible to sell".

There is even no definitive description of what the thieves' "small and open motorboat", which the police are searching for, looks like.

He said the theft had likely been ordered by someone who was very well aware of the objects' value and who was willing to take a big risk to get their hands on them.

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