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Thursday
Aug022018

Crown jewel thieves escaped on bikes before jumping into speedboat, police say

Swedish Police(STRÄNGNÄS, Sweden) -- Thieves who stole two royal crowns and an orb from a cathedral in Sweden in broad daylight on Tuesday are believed to have escaped on two black bikes before jumping into a speedboat waiting in a nearby lake, Swedish police said on Wednesday. One of the bikes had a child seat in the back, and the bikes were possibly stolen, police said.

Police have lifted the cordon surrounding the cathedral where the theft happened. They are examining evidence gathered on-site and are still searching for the perpetrators.

The stolen crown jewels are from the 1600s and were part of the funeral regalia of King Charles IX and his wife, Queen Christina, police said. The jewels were stored in the cathedral in the town of Strängnäs. After the theft, multiple people were seen leaving the cathedral in a boat that was waiting right outside, police said.

Several police officers are taking part in the search. Police have used helicopters to try to track down the suspects.

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