News & Opinion | August 1, 2018 1:23 pm

Thieves Steal Swedish Royal Jewels And Escape On Speedboat

This seems like a plot from Ocean's 11.

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Strängnäs Cathedral (Wikipedia)

Police in Sweden are looking for jewel thieves who stole two priceless royal crowns and an orb from a cathedral. The thieves were able to get away with the help from a motorboat. The heist at the historic Strängnäs Cathedral took place midday on Tuesday when the cathedral was open to visitors and there was a lunch fair being held in the side chapel.

The crowns and orb were used by the 17th-century King Karl IX and Queen Kristina, writes The Guardian. They were made of gold and enamel and were covered with beads, peals and crystals. They had been in a locked and armed display. There has been no confirmation from the police, but the assumption is that the thieves smashed the glass.

There was no violence and the thieves did not threaten anyone. The motorboat was waiting and ready at the foot of the hill on Lake Mälaren, accoridng to police, and it is believed the thieves then fled via the vast system of lakes west of Stockholm.

“It’s too difficult to translate these things into some kind of value. They are such unique objects,” said Thomas Agnevik, a police spokesman, to Aftonbladet. “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 them. We have high hopes of getting them back.”