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Swedish crown jewels stolen from cathedral

Thieves have stolen some crown jewels in a Swedish cathedral.

The theft took place in the cathedral of Strängnäs, west of Stockholm, during opening hours.

Two crowns and a national apple have been stolen. It concerns funeral regalia of the Swedish King Karl IV and his wife Queen Kristin, who lived around 1600. The jewels were initially buried with the princes. Later they were dug up to exhibit them.

A witness says Aftonbladet that he saw two men running away and saw jumping in a small white motorboat. They have fled.

Despite a large-scale manhunt, the perpetrators are still fugitive. The police are looking for witnesses and tips. In two places home searches would have taken place.

The police say that they do not know the value of the jewels. 'It is too difficult to give these things a value. They are such unique objects. "

Catharina Fröjd, who works in the cathedral, calls the theft a" huge cultural and economic loss "


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