Thieves steal Swedish royal family's crown jewels and make getaway by motorboat

Police search for thieves who stole 2 Swedish royal crowns before escaping by speedboat

Police search for thieves who stole 2 Swedish royal crowns before escaping by speedboat

Thieves have stolen treasures belonging to the Swedish royal family in a brazen heist on a cathedral, before escaping by motorboat.

According to Swedish radio the offenders took two crowns and a royal orb known as a "riksapple" from the ancient cathedral in Strangnas, west of Stockholm, around lunchtime on Tuesday.

The stolen crowns were the funeral crowns of Karl IV and his wife Queen Kristina from 1611, Swedish police said in a press release.

The crowns were later removed from the graves and placed on display at the cathedral.

The thieves have not yet been captured.

"The two men hurriedly jumped on board and it sped off", Rowell said, adding that they "appeared non-Nordic".

The robbers then made their getaway in a motorboat that was waiting just a couple of hundred metres away, on lake Malaren, Sweden's third biggest lake, police said. "We have some different information about how exactly the boat looked", Thomas explained. We contacted the police and told them and they told us they had taken something from the cathedral, ' he told Aftonbladet.

Police sent out a helicopter and boat to hunt for the thieves but found nothing.

An official with the Swedish police's National Operations Department told a local media outlet that she thought the stolen goods would be "impossible to sell" due to how unique and recognizable they were.

"The score is 1-0 for them right now, but we don't know what it will be like tomorrow", Agnevik said.

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.

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