Published: Wed, August 01, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Royal Family crown jewels STOLEN in Sweden as suspects chased on motorboat

Royal Family crown jewels STOLEN in Sweden as suspects chased on motorboat

Crown jewels belonging to the Swedish royal family were swiped in a heist by thieves who made their escape via speedboat.

No arrests have been made and no suspects had been identified, but police are publicizing the theft to try to recover the valuables. They are made of gold, precious stones and pearls.

Police could not put a value on the stolen jewels.

The crowns and orb were on display in a locked and alarmed glass case in Strängnäs Cathedral, about an hour from the Swedish capital of Stockholm. However, police spokesman Thomas Agnevik was optimistic that the difficulty in finding a market for these items would lead to their recovery.

Officers believe that the thieves used a network of nearby lakes to make their escape, adding that authorities have used boats and helicopters to search the area, according to The Guardian. "The two men hurriedly jumped on board and it sped off", he said.

The crown jewels were on display in Strangnas Cathedral situated 100 kilometers from Stockholm.

A witness to the heist, Tom Rowsell, told the Aftonbladet newspaper he was eating lunch with friends when he saw the two men run "from different directions".

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 cathedral was closed today, and a grassy area by the jetty was cordoned off as police inspected the ground for clues.

The burial site for Sweden's 17th century royals, the Gothic-style cathedral is built mainly in red bricks, and belongs to the Lutheran church.

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

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

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