Swedish royal jewels stolen from cathedral

Swedish royal jewels stolen from cathedral

Thieves took two crowns and an orb from the Swedish royal family's collection, and then made off in a motorboat.

The Daily Mail and the Swedish outlet Aftonbladet both report that the robbery took place on Tuesday afternoon at the Strängnäs Cathedral in southeastern Sweden, located about 50 miles outside of Stockholm.

Among the priceless possessions taken were two gold crowns, which belonged to King Karl IX and Queen Kristina.

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.

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

An eyewitness told a local news outlet that once they reached the lake, the thieves jumped into a "little white boat".

The two men dashed to a boat docked nearby.

Dating back more than 400 years, the jewels were burial crowns to mark the death of King Karl IX in 1611.

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The stolen items are "impossible to sell" due to their uniqueness and high visibility, Maria Ellior of the Swedish police's National Operations Department told the Swedish news agency TT.

A police spokesperson said it was possible they hightailed it into the region's hinterlands, or may have used a getaway auto to reach Stockholm itself. But all those displays, in addition to catching the eyes of thousands of visitors, seem to also have caught the attention of a number of thieves. The items are priceless and police said that the objects would be very hard to sell on the open market.

"The score is 1-0 for them right now, but we don't know what it will be like tomorrow", Agnevik said.

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