Two crowns gold-plated and adorned in precious stones worn by Karl IX and Queen Kristina, as well as a royal orb, were taken from the 13th Century Strangnas Cathedral.The burglary happened around lunchtime. The cathedral was open to the public when the jewels were stolen. The stolen items had been locked in glass boxes and were on view to the public. It’s almost no possibloe to evaluate their value, because their significant history as “invaluable objects of national interest,” officials said.
Tourists saw the gang jump into a little white boat and race off into Lake Malaren, one of the largest in the country. Police pursued the perpetrators by land, sea, and air, in boats, planes, helicopters and cars heading in all directions but authorities say they still have no notion where the thieves disappeared. They asked people to be on the lookout for the suspects. “By boat you can reach Mälaren, Köping or Arboga in the west, or Västerås, Eskilstuna or Stockholm if you drive east,” police spokesman Thomas Agnevik told media. No one was hurt during the burglary but church staff were shaken. An international hunt was started too in Interpol’s system.