Daring Daytime Heist Ends With Swedish Crown Jewels Missing

Thieves steal Swedish royal crowns, flee in motorboat

Thieves steal Swedish royal crowns, flee in motorboat

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

Two suspects have been seen fleeing the cathedral on a motorboat and police are now hunting them in a major river chase.

While some funeral regalia are kept in the cathedrals of Strangnas, Uppsala and Vasteras, Sweden's crown jewels are in vaults of the treasury under the Royal Castle in Stockholm.

The Swedish Police Authority reports two thieves bagged the burial crowns of 17th century monarchs Karl IV and Queen Kristina from a locked display case at Strängnäs Cathedral, west of Stockholm.

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"The two men hurriedly jumped on board".

'The girls said it was odd, in this small quiet town but the fact that the boat was waiting, it was obvious to me that they were burglars.

The witness claims he knew something was up because of the way "they were behaving". "We have some different information about how exactly the boat looked", Thomas explained. There will be pictures in the media.

Maria Ellior of the Swedish police's National Operations Department told TT that the items are "impossible to sell".

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Silva was speaking at the Anfi del Mar resort in Gran Canaria which he regards as the best kept secret in short distance holiday locations .

"So we can only speculate about (the thieves) intentions", she added.

It was a daring daytime heist involving crown jewels, a cathedral, a speedboat, and little in the way of clues, at least so far.

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

Portrait of King Charles IX of Sweden (1550-1611).

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He said the theft had likely been ordered by someone who was very well aware of the objects' value and who was willing to take a big risk to get their hands on them.

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