Swedish crown jewels stolen by thieves who escaped on a speedboat

Two 17th-century crowns originally belonging to King Karl IX and Queen Kristina were stolen along with a royal orb, officials said.

In this Tuesday, July 31, 2018 photo, a police cordon near the scene of a robbery at the Strangnas Cathedral, in Strangnas, Sweden.

Sweden's royal family still regularly captures Europe's attention with glamour, gossip - and the shiny crown jewels that are put on public display whenever the occasion merits it.

Thieves in Sweden stole two priceless crowns and a royal orb from under an alarmed, locked case in a cathedral in Sweden and made what so far appears to be a clean getaway.

Eyewitness Tom Rowsell told NBC News' Swedish partner Aftonbladet that he saw two men jump into a "little white boat".

The thieves have not yet been captured. In the statement, police described the motorboat as a small open boat, although it was uncertain what colour the boat was. The artifacts are made of gold and enamel and encrusted with beads, crystals and pearls.

The two men dashed to a boat docked nearby.

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"I knew immediately that they were burglars because of the way they were behaving".

"We want to spread information and pictures of these items so that they can be identified as stolen objects", police spokesman Thomas Agnevik said.

Police pursued the thieves by land, air and sea, sending out helicopters, boats and cars to track down the pair.

Maria Ellior of the Swedish police's National Operations Department told TT that the items are "impossible to sell".

Police said that the cathedral has been closed so "technical examinations" can be carried out after the theft. "It's despicable that people would steal from a holy building and a historical building". They asked the public for help, while Sweden's main news agency, TT, said an global inquiry for the artifacts would be made in Interpol's system.

"We have high hopes of getting them back".

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