Sunday, 20 October, 2019

Swedish Crown Jewels stolen in daring speedboat heist

Swedish Crown Jewels stolen in daring speedboat heist Swedish Crown Jewels stolen in daring speedboat heist
Patty Aguilar | 02 August, 2018, 18:07

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.

The heist took place at Strangnas Cathedral around midday on Tuesday (local time).

The thieves stole two crowns and a royal orb known as a "riksapple" from the ancient cathedral in Strangnas, west of Stockholm. The items were on display at an exhibition, and visitors were inside the cathedral when they were taken.

"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".

Police believe that the perpetrators might have abandoned the motorboat, transferred to a vehicle, and are either going west, or east towards the capital Stockholm.

The thieves have not yet been captured. "They are such unique objects", said Thomas Agnevik, a police spokesman, to Aftonbladet.

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Eyewitness Tom Rowsell told NBC News' Swedish partner Aftonbladet that he saw two men jump into a "little white boat".

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

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

King Karl IX died in 1611 and his wife Queen Kristina in 1625.

No arrests have yet been made and no suspects had been identified but police are now publicising the theft to try to recover the valuables. They were eventually found and returned to the cathedral. The thief tried to steal them from a private apartment owned by Princess Christina , who is the sister of King Carl XVI Gustaf . "It's despicable that people would steal from a holy building and a historical building".

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