Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Swedish Crown Jewels stolen in daring speedboat heist

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

Two suspects have been seen fleeing the cathedral on a motorboat and police are now hunting them in a major river chase. The monarchs were initially buried with these crowns, but later exhumed, NBC News said.

Two men entered the cathedral in Strangnas, 50 miles west of Stockholm, at lunchtime and snatched the funeral crowns of Karl IX and his queen, Christina, who died in the 17th century.

"These are items that are completely unique, Sweden and probably even internationally", he said.

Police could not put a value on the stolen jewels.

Two men reportedly lifted them from locked glass boxes and made their getaway in a speedboat waiting at a nearby waterway.

He added: "We contacted the police and they told us they had taken something from the cathedral". "We have spoken to witnesses, but we are interested in further information from anyone that has made any observations", he said.

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

Image: They were stolen from Strangnas Cathedral.

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

Police sent out a helicopter and boat to hunt for the thieves but found nothing.

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.

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

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