In a movie-like heist, a pair of thieves stole two royal Swedish crowns and a crucifix from a cathedral west of Stockholm on Tuesday. The jewels were being held at the Strängnäs Cathedral. They had previously belonged to the Swedish monarchs Karl IX and Kristina, and dated from the early 17th century.
Brazenly enough, the two thieves peddled away on bikes, then hopped onto a speed boat afterwards and fled, leaving bystanders stunned. Several police patrols tried to give pursuit, but the thieves left them in their wake. A police helicopter also tried to join the hunt but was unsuccessful. Police are now on the lookout, and believe that the thieves may have switched boats.
The heist happened around lunch time, leaving plenty of witnesses to the brazen theft. So far, it seems that the heist was perpetrated by just two males. No one was threatened or injured during the robbery and officials have not released descriptions of the thieves.
The three items were apparently part of the funeral regalia of the former king and queen. They had originally been buried with them, but the Swedes decided that they could be put to better use on public display. While the jewels certainly have some monetary value, authorities are lamenting over their cultural significance to Sweden which far outweighs any monetary value.
This isn’t the first time that the Swedish Royal Family has been subject to a heist. Back in 2012 a “friend” of the Royal family stole royal jewels from Princess Christina’s private apartment. Apparently, the thief could only offload a few of the jewels before tossing the rest off a bridge.
This wasn’t the first major heist of the year either. Back in January, thieves stole millions of dollars worth of jewels from the Al Thani Collection at the Palazzo Ducale in Venice. The heist happened in broad daylight. Apparently, the thieves simply blended in with nearby crowds and walked out. The collection is owned by Qatar’s Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani.