Thieves steal Swedish crown jewels, flee in motorboat

Thieves Steal Swedish Crown Jewels In Troublingly Awesome Cathedral Heist

Swedish Royal Family crown jewels STOLEN from Strängnäs Cathedral | Daily Star

The crown jewels of Sweden have reportedly been stolen by thieves who made their getaway by motorboat, and yes, this is a real thing that happened and not the plot of the next installment of the James Bond franchise.

That particular part of the century-old tradition will become much more hard now after at least some of the priceless Swedish crown jewels are no longer in the hands of the royal family.

King Karl IX's crown is made of gold and features crystals and pearls, while Christina's is smaller and made of gold, precious stones and pearls.

The church wrote on its website that the stolen items were kept "in accordance with the prevailing safety regulations in locked and alarmed displays in the cathedral". "Two men hurriedly jumped on board and it sped off".

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.

Two men were seen jumping into a motorboat outside the cathedral, the Mirror reports.

"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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"'This is part of the national cultural heritage - this is a theft from Swedish society'".

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

They were the funeral crowns of Karl IV and his wife Queen Kristina, who died in the early 17th century.

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

Witnesses say the crooks hopped into a boat moored immediately below the cathedral after the robbery.

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

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