Thieves flee on motorboat after stealing Swedish crown jewels

02 August, 2018, 00:30 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Pontus Stenberg  TT News Agency via AP

The artefacts are gold-plated and adorned in precious stones and pearls though their exact value is unknown, The Sun reports. A spokesperson for the cathedral said that the alarm went off as designed, and security precautions were in place at the time, the Post said. The crowns date back as far as 1611.

Local media reported the items were stolen from a locked and alarmed display cabinet in the church. "It's 1-0 to them right now", Thomas Agnevik, a police spokesman, told Aftonbladet.

The men were seen escaping in a motorboat.

"The two men hurriedly jumped on board and it sped off", Rowell said, adding that they "appeared non-Nordic". Sweden's third-largest freshwater lake.

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Police officers work at the scene after thieves stole royal crowns from the 17th century from Strangnas Cathedral, in Strangnas, Sweden July 31, 2018. "It's just not possible to sell these kinds of objects", the national police coordinator for thefts of cultural artefacts, Maria Ellior, told news agency TT.

The theft would be logged at Interpol, enabling an global search, TT said.

Strangnas is a small town south of Stockholm.

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.

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But they were exhumed later and their crowns were put on display. They were buried in the cathedral which is located some 58 kilometers (37 miles) west of Stockholm.

Officials seem confident about the eventual return of the family heirlooms, since there are few people experienced with handling an item of such value and importance.

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.

Rowell, the witness, is getting married at the cathedral next weekend.

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'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.



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