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Thieves steal Swedish royal jewels, escape by speedboat

Thieves steal Swedish royal jewels, escape by speedboat

The crown jewels were on display in Strangnas Cathedral situated 100 kilometers from Stockholm.

Two crowns, one belonging to King Karl IX and the other to Queen Kristina (monarchs who reigned in the 17th century), were taken, as was a royal orb.

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.

In 2013, King Johan III's burial regalia was stolen from Vasteras Cathedral.

Eyewitnesses told the Aftonbladet that two men were spotted fleeing from the cathedral.

The thieves have not yet been captured.

Thieves steal Swedish royal jewels, escape by speedboat
Thieves steal Swedish royal jewels, escape by speedboat

Authorities have been using a helicopter and boats to search for the culprits, they added, but no arrests have been made so far.

"I knew immediately they were burglars because of the way they were behaving", Tom Rowell said.

"'It's 1-0 to them right now", a police spokesperson said, according to The Express.

The men appeared to have escaped using two black bicycles - which they likely stole ahead of the heist - to race to the waiting boat, said police spokesman Stefan Dangardt.

He told the Swedish television channel, SVT: "I have talked to a person at the county administrative board that says that it is not possible to put an economic value on this, these are invaluable objects of national interest". The artifacts are made of gold and enamel and encrusted with beads, crystals and pearls.

Talking to the Sydsvenskan newspaper, church dean Christofer Lundgren said the items were insured, but stressed that the cultural value of the treasures is bigger than their material value.

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