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« on: July 31, 2018, 10:27:03 pm »

First, Palmer's golden thread on Twitter, now this! What a day...

Swedish Crown Jewels are STOLEN: Police hunt raiders who made off with priceless jewel-studded regalia from cathedral before fleeing on a motorboat

    Police are chasing thieves in motorboats after the 'priceless' items were taken
    Two royal crowns - one belonging to Karl IX, the other to Kristina - were stolen
    Two men were seen jumping into a motorboat outside Strängnäs Cathedral

Some of Sweden's crown jewels have been stolen from a cathedral.

Police are chasing the thieves in motorboats after the 'priceless' items were taken from Strängnäs Cathedral in southeastern Sweden this afternoon.

Two royal crowns - one belonging to King Karl IX, the other to Queen Kristina - were taken, as well as a royal orb.

Thomas Agnevik, a spokesman for the police, said: 'It's 1-0 to them right now.'

He added: 'I have talked to someone at the county administrative board that says it is not possible to put an economic value on them - these are invaluable objects of national interest.'

Two men were seen jumping into a motorboat outside the cathedral, which is about 50 miles from Stockholm, after the theft.

The cathedral was open to the public when the jewels were stolen, Aftonbladet reported.

Nobody was hurt during the raid.


BREAKING: Swedish Royal Regalia stolen

Parts of the Swedish Royal Regalia have been stolen. Two royal crowns of King Karl IX and Queen Kristina, as well as a royal orb, have been stolen from Strängnäs Cathedral on Tuesday afternoon. The two crowns are the burial crowns from 1611. The items were originally interred in Karl IX’s grave but were later exhumed and put on display.

Police have surrounded the city and are pursuing the thieves by helicopter, boat and cars. To the Swedish television channel, SVT police spokesperson Thomas Agnevik said: “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, these are invaluable objects of national interest”.

The suspects stole the regalia from Strängnäs Cathedral around lunchtime on Tuesday. Two men were seen jumping into a motorboat close by the church. Police are, therefore, also patrolling by boat in the nearby area.

Police spokesperson Thomas Agnevik said: “We are looking for a small and open motorboat. We have some different information about how exactly the boat looked. We are now examining all the tips we receive.”

He continued: “By boat you can reach Mälaren, Köping or Arboga in the west, or Västerås, Eskilstuna or Stockholm if you drive east. We direct our search in all these directions”.

Karl IX was King of Sweden from 1604 until his death in 1611. He was the youngest son of King Gustav I and his second wife. He was the uncle of Sigismund who at one point was king of both Sweden and Poland.

Strängnäs Cathedral is a cathedral in Strängnäs, Sweden, since the Protestant Reformation the seat of the Lutheran Diocese of Strängnäs. Construction work began about 1250. New parts came into the 1300s and 1400s, but the original tower was first built in the 1740s. The church tower is 75 metres high.
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Sweden Charges Man in Royal Jewels Heist

By The Associated Press

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A man was charged Thursday with stealing a jeweled crown and two other pieces of Swedish royal treasure from a cathedral where the pieces worth 65 million kronor ($7.2 million) were on display.

The objects taken on July 31 during a daring daytime heist - the jeweled crown, another crown and an orb made in 1611 for the funerals of King Karl IX and Queen Kristina - haven't been recovered, national police investigator Filippo Bassini said.

"We cannot exclude that the objects have left Sweden," Bassini said.

Investigators think two men stole the funeral regalia from Strangnas Cathedral, a red-brick church built between 1291 and 1340 west of Stockholm. The second man was detained but hasn't been charged.

The thieves smashed a security case and then fled by motorboat via the vast system of lakes around Strangnas, authorities said at the time.

DNA found at the crime scene and on a bicycle used as part of the getaway linked the 22-year-old suspect charged Thursday to the theft, prosecutor Isabelle Bjursten said during a news conference.

The suspect, who wasn't named publicly, denied the theft, Bjursten said. A trial date hasn't been announced.

Blood was found on an object investigators believe the thieves tried to steal, she said.

The display case containing the royal regalia was alarmed. Police said after the theft that the stolen artifacts were of great historic and cultural value, but would be very difficult to sell because of their uniqueness and visibility.

While some funeral regalia are kept in the cathedrals of Strangnas, Uppsala and Vasteras, the vast majority of Sweden's crown jewels are in vaults under the Royal Castle in Stockholm.

The heist was logged at Interpol, which enables an international search for the missing jewels.
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