Swedish crown jewels stolen by thieves who escaped on speedboat

The thieves stole two crowns and a royal orb known as a'riksapple from the ancient cathedral in Strangnas west

SUPPLIED The thieves stole two crowns and a royal orb known as a 'riksapple' from the ancient cathedral in Strangnas west of Stockholm

Robbers who nabbed two 17th century royal crowns and an orb from a Swedish cathedral remained at large on Wednesday, a day after fleeing their daring midday heist by motorboat.

The crowns and orb were on display in a locked and alarmed glass case in Strängnäs Cathedral, about an hour from the Swedish capital of Stockholm.

The stolen crown jewels as far back as 1611 and were originally buried with King Karl IX and Queen Kristina.

The Swedish Royal Family has had three pieces of their priceless crown jewels stolen in a heist straight out of a Hollywood film.

The thieves have not yet been captured.

The motorboat is described as small and open, though its color is now unclear. "The two men hurriedly jumped on board and it sped off", he said. Karl IX's crown is made of gold, rock crystal, enamel and pearls, and Christina's is made...

The witness claims he knew something was up because of the way "they were behaving". We have some different information about how exactly the boat looked.

Police immediately pursued the suspects by boat and helicopters. In 2013, King Johan III's burial regalia was stolen from Vasteras Cathedral.

"'It's 1-0 to them right now", a police spokesperson said, according to The Express.

Christofer Lundgren, dean of the cathedral, said: 'This is part of the national cultural heritage - this is a theft from Swedish society'.

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.

'I think it's very bad, it's despicable that people would steal from a holy building and take something of historic and monetary value.

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