Thieves steal royal jewels from Swedish cathedral, escape by speedboat

A discarded bicycle near the scene of the robberty at the Strangnas Cathedral

CROWN jewels belonging to the Swedish royal family were stolen in a daring 007-style heist by thieves who escaped on a motorboat.

The priceless artifacts were snatched from a cathedral in Strangnas, about an hour west of the capital of Stockholm, at lunchtime on Tuesday, police said.

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.

"The alarm went off when the burglars smashed the security glass and stole the artifacts", a cathedral spokeswoman told the Associated Press.

Witness Tom Rowell who is getting married in the cathedral next week, told Aftonbladet he saw two men run from the building, jump into a small white motorboat and speed away.

The thieves have not yet been captured.

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"We want to spread information and pictures of these items so that they can be identified as stolen objects", police spokesman Thomas Agnevik said. They are made of gold, precious stones and pearls.

"We are on land, in the water and in the air", a police spokesperson told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"Several people were seen leaving the church by boat or jet ski after the theft". They are still on the run despite an expansive police hunt.

It sparked a police search of the lake involving boats and helicopters, but they were unable to locate the thieves.

"These are items that are completely unique, well-known.in Sweden and probably even internationally", he said.

'I think it's bad, it's despicable that people would steal from a holy building and take something of historic and monetary value.

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