Sweden’s Crown Jewels “Likely” Found in Trash Can

Two 17th-century crowns were stolen along with a royal orb in July.

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The Swedish crown, one of the items stolen in a daring heist from Sweden's Strängnäs Cathedral. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Göran Schmidt

Police in Sweden believe they’ve finally located Sweden’s crown jewels on top of a trash can in the suburbs after they were stolen about seven months ago.

Authorities said that “every indication” suggested that they had located the relics snatched last summer in a Hollywood-style heist involving a speedboat, NBC News reported.

“Every indication now suggests that Karl IX’s stolen funeral regalia has been found in the Stockholm area, but the police are working intensively to have it confirmed 100 percent,” Swedish police said in a statement.

The royal haul from Strängnäs Cathedral in July included two 17th-century crowns originally belonging to King Karl IX and Queen Kristina as well as a royal orb. Each item — previously locked away in alarmed displays — is made of gold precious stones and pearls.

The culprits are believed to have gotten away by utilizing a vast network of nearby lakes after snatching the objects in the middle of a weekday while visitors roamed the church’s halls.

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