Sunday, 23 September, 2018


Thieves steal Swedish royal crowns, flee in motorboat

A discarded bicycle near the scene of the robberty at the Strangnas Cathedral Pontus Stenberg TT News Agency Associated Press A discarded bicycle near the scene of the robberty at the Strangnas Cathedral
Hannah Rogers | 01 August, 2018, 21:09

Police have not yet made any arrests, with spokesman Thomas Agnevik telling reporters in Sweden: 'It's 1-0 to them right now. They asked the public for help, while Sweden's main news agency, TT, said an worldwide inquiry for the artifacts would be made in Interpol's system.

Britain's own crown jewels were almost stolen in 1671 by Anglo-Irish Colonel Thomas Blood, who was captured as he fled the Tower of London with St Edward's Crown, the Scepter with the Cross, and the Sovereign's Orb.

Maria Ellior, an official with the Swedish police's National Operations Department, told the local TT news agency Wednesday that the items would be "impossible to sell".

The royal jewels are adorned with gold, precious stones and pearls, and come from the 1611 funeral regalia of Sweden's Charles IX and Kristina the Elder.

The royal treasures were taken from a cathedral in Sweden where they were on display.

Two thieves have snatched priceless items from the Crown Jewels of Sweden from a cathedral display before escaping in a speedboat docked nearby.

The thieves took two crowns and royal orb from the cathedral, which is located west of Stockholm, and took off in a motor boat that was moored just below the church.

"I saw a white little boat and the men jumped in the boat and sped away", Roswell told the news outlet.

"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".

'We are looking for a small and open motorboat.

Strangnas Cathedral where the jewels were stolen was taped off by police.

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

"We have high hopes of getting them back", he told Swedish media outlets.

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