Swedish crown jewels stolen in 'Italian job' heist

Thieves steal Swedish royal crowns, flee in motorboat

The theft occurred just before noon on Tuesday, and police quickly had helicopters, patrols, and search dogs looking for the thieves but their efforts have so far proved fruitless, Dangardt said.

'The two men hurriedly jumped on board.

"These are items that are completely unique, well-known.in Sweden and probably even internationally", he said.

Local news channel Aftonbladet reported the thieves stole two crowns and an orb, adorned with gold, precious stones and pearls that come from the funeral regalia of Charles IX and Kristina the Elder, dating back to the early 1600s.

King Karl IX died in 1611 and his wife Queen Kristina died in 1625. In the statement, police described the motorboat as a small open boat, although it was uncertain what colour the boat was.

That particular part of the century-old tradition will become much more hard now after at least some of the priceless Swedish crown jewels are no longer in the hands of the royal family.

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Two men were seen jumping into a motorboat outside the cathedral, the Mirror reports. "We have some different information about how exactly the boat looked", Thomas explained.

The objects were on display, but under lock and key, at the cathedral about 50 miles from Stockholm. I hope the police succeed in finding them'.

The stolen items are "impossible to sell" due to their uniqueness and high visibility, Maria Ellior of the Swedish police's National Operations Department told the Swedish news agency TT.

Police and cathedral officials said they did not know the value of the objects that were stolen.

"It's despicable that people would steal from a holy building", he said.

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