Thieves steal priceless Swedish crown jewels in brazen heist

Hannah Rogers
August 2, 2018

"We contacted the police and told them and they told us that something had been taken from the cathedral", he said.

Eyewitnesses told the Aftonbladet that two men were spotted fleeing from the cathedral.

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

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.

'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.

"I knew immediately that they were burglars because of the way they were behaving". We have some different information about how exactly the boat looked.

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"So we can only speculate about (the thieves) intentions", she added.

Thieves in Sweden stole two priceless crowns and a royal orb from under an alarmed, locked case in a cathedral in Sweden and made what so far appears to be a clean getaway.

It was recovered several days later in a garbage bag left on a a countryside road, following an anonymous tip.

The perpetrators of Tuesday's heist risk up to six years in prison for aggravated theft.

They asked the public for help, while Sweden's main news agency, TT, said an global inquiry for the artifacts would be made in Interpol's system.

"These are royal regalia that belong to the Kingdom of Sweden, totally unique objects that are of enormous immaterial value", he told daily Dagens Nyheter.

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