Swedish crown jewels stolen in brazen heist

Glen Norman
August 2, 2018

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

Tuesday's theft took place at the Strangnas Cathedral, 37 miles west of the capital.

A picture taken on July 31, 2018 shows a cordoned zone as Swedish police investigate after Sweden's royal jewels dated from the 17th century were stolen from the Strängnäs cathedral, west of Stockholm. Royal Central reports that the crowns were burial crowns that were later exhumed and put on display at the cathedral.

According to an eyewitness account in The Mirror, two men jumped aboard a boat outside the Cathedral.


The thieves have not yet been captured.

Agnevik added: "We are looking for a small and open motorboat. We have spoken to witnesses, but we are interested in further information from anyone that has made any observations", he said.

Police immediately began to search for the thieves by boat and in helicopters but were unable to capture them.

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


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 stolen items were on display at an exhibition in the cathedral, and visitors were inside at the time.

"What usually happens with this type of object is that they are recovered sooner or later, because there are very few people who are prepared to handle such items", Agnevik said.

This heist comes just six years after $120,000 in jewels were stolen from Sweden's current royal family.

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


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