Swedish crown jewels stolen by thieves who escaped on speedboat

02 August, 2018, 00:34 | Author: Orlando Hughes
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The police have issued vague descriptions of the thieves: one is said to be skinny and wearing a light beige jacket with dark long trousers. The royal jewels were initially buried with the couple but were then exhumed and put on display in the cathedral, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

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

The priceless jewels - including two crowns belonging to King Karl IX, who reigned in the 17th century - were taken from Strängnäs Cathedral in southeastern Sweden where they had been on display.

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

Thieves have made off with priceless Swedish crown jewels, in a daring heist reminiscent of a Hollywood movie.

"We want to spread information and pictures of these items so that they can be identified as stolen objects", police spokesperson Thomas Agnevik said.

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"We are on land, in the water and in the air", a police spokesman said.

"I saw a little, white boat and the men jumped in the boat and sped away", a witness told the Swedish daily Aftonbladet.

'I knew immediately they were burglars because of the way they were behaving. After the theft, multiple people were seen leaving the cathedral in a boat that was waiting right outside, police said. Police have used helicopters to try to track them down.

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

'I think it's terrible, it's despicable that people would steal from a holy building and take something of historic and monetary value.

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