Thieves steal Swedish crown jewels

An undated handout photo made available by the Swedish Police on 01 August 2018 shows two burial crowns and an orb, belonging to 17th Century King of Sweden Karl IX (Charles IX) and his wife Queen Christina, in the Strangnas Cathedral, in Strangnas, near Stockholm, Sweden. Swedish Police have launched a major manhunt to track down a pair of thieves that on 31 July, stole the country's crown jewels from the church. According to witnesses, the robbers escaped on a speed boat after the theft. EPA-EFE/SWEDISH POLICE HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Thieves steal Swedish crown jewels


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Thieves in Sweden have stolen the country’s crown jewels from a small 14th-century medieval cathedral and escaped by speedboat, the police reported on Wednesday.

The heist took place on Tuesday at noon; the thieves took two gold crowns and an orb made for King Karl IX and Queen Kristina. The police are searching for who escaped with a speedboat in the Strangnas lakes, west of Stockholm. Nobody was hurt.

The Swedish police is hoping the items can be secured back as the objects are difficult to sell, as they are recognizable. The jewels are adorned with gold, pearls, and precious gems.

The Gothic Stragnas Cathedral seats in a town with a population of 13,000, many of whom commute daily to Stockholm. Built between 1291 and 1340, the cathedral’s red-brick tower is a town landmark. On Wednesday it was cordoned off by the police.

This is not the first time Swedish crown jewels are targeted by thieves. In 2013, 16th-century copies of King Johan III’s crown, orb and sceptre were stolen from the Vasteras cathedral, 100km from Stockholm, which were eventually found and returned.

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