Friday, 19 October, 2018

Thieves Steal Swedish Crown Jewels Before Fleeing By Speedboat

Gerardo Duncan | 02 August, 2018, 00:33

Among the jewels stolen are two royal crowns of King Karl IX and Queen Kristina, as well as a royal orb.

The crowns and the orb were reportedly exhibited in locked glass cases, which ultimately proved to be no match for the two thieves.

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

Police made public the details of the robbery in an attempt to identify the thieves.

The two men dashed to a boat docked nearby.

The burial site for Sweden's 17th century royals, the Gothic-style cathedral is built mainly in red bricks, and belongs to the Lutheran church. Police have used helicopters to try to track them down.

Strangnas is a small town south of Stockholm. It's popular with Stockholm commuters and tourists, who come to see the cathedral and a street that has been called the prettiest in Sweden.

Strangnas cathedral has been closed so that "technical examinations" can be carried out, a police statement added.

The stolen artifacts are funeral regalia, which are placed inside or on top of a coffin to symbolize a deceased royal's identity and social ranking. The royal jewels were initially buried with the couple but were then exhumed and put on display in the cathedral, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. They were eventually found and returned to the cathedral.

No one has been arrested or taken into custody in connection to the crime, and the particular lake is full of islands, likely making the thieves tough to follow.

"It's despicable that people would steal from a holy building and a historical building", said Rowell.

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