- Thieves stole two crowns and an orb belonging to the Swedish royal family that date back to the 1600s.
- Police were unable to put a price on the items because they have huge cultural, as well as material value.
- The thieves fled by motorboat as part of their dramatic escape, evading police.
- “It’s 1-0 to them right now,” a police spokesperson said.
Jewel thieves on the run in Sweden made off with priceless crown jewels of the Swedish royal family after a daring daytime heist at cathedral which they escaped by motorboat.
The thieves stole two gold crowns and an orb encrusted with with gold, precious stones, and pearls. The jewels formed the funeral regalia of Charles IX and Kristina the Elder in the 1600s.
Police spokesperson Thomas Agnevik was unable to put a price on the jewels, stolen from Strängnäs Cathedral, when speaking to Swedish news channel Aftonbladet : “It’s too difficult to translate these things into some kind of value. It’s such a unique object.”
Two men stole the jewels around lunchtime on Tuesday, Swedish newspaper The Local reports . Witnesses then saw them jump into a motorboat in a nearby lake and escape. Police have conducted air and water searches to find them, but are yet to have any success.
“It’s 1-0 to them right now,” Agnevik said.
The lake, the Mälaren, is one of the largest in Sweden and stretches along a variety of towns and cities, including Stockholm in the east. Agnevik told news agency TT that they could have escaped to many different places as a result. “We’re tracking all directions,” he said.
The church was open to visitors when the theft took place, and the jewels were in a locked display cabinet that was fitted with an alarm, The Local reports .
Tom Rowell, a witness to the theft who is getting married in the cathedral next week, told Aftonbladet that he saw two men run from the building, jump into a small white motorboat and speed away.
“I knew immediately they were burglars because of the way they were behaving,” he said.
Christofer Lundgren, dean of the cathedral, told reporters: “This is part of the national cultural heritage—this is a theft from Swedish society.”
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