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Thieves flee on motorboat after stealing Swedish crown jewels

Thieves flee on motorboat after stealing Swedish crown jewels

Two thieves have snatched priceless items from the Crown Jewels of Sweden from a cathedral display before escaping in a speedboat docked nearby.

Tuesday's theft took place at Strangnas Cathedral, west of the capital.

The stolen crowns were the funeral crowns of Karl IV and his wife Queen Kristina from 1611, Swedish police said in a press release.

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.

A witness, who is getting married in the Strängnäs Cathedral next week, told local news channel Aftonbladet he contacted the police.

"The two men hurriedly jumped on board".

The thieves have not yet been captured.

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Police believe that the perpetrators might have abandoned the motorboat, transferred to a vehicle, and are either going west, or east towards the capital Stockholm.

The artifacts are made of gold and enamel and encrusted with beads, crystals and pearls.

It sparked a police search of the lake involving boats and helicopters, but they were unable to locate the thieves.

A police spokesperson Thomas Agnevik said: "We are looking for a small and open motorboat". We have some different information about how exactly the boat looked.

'I knew immediately they were burglars because of the way they were behaving.

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