Swedish crown jewel thieves escape in speedboat in daylight robbery

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Jewel thieves are on the run from police in Sweden, after stealing some of Sweden's royal jewels from a cathedral, before fleeing in a motorboat.

That particular part of the century-old tradition will become much more hard now after at least some of the priceless Swedish crown jewels are no longer in the hands of the royal family.

The thieves snatched two gold crowns and an orb made for King Karl IX and Queen Kristina in the daring robbery.

The artefacts are gold-plated and adorned in precious stones and pearls though their exact value is unknown, The Sun reports. The stolen items were on display at an exhibition in the cathedral, and visitors were inside at the time. The pieces were taken from their alarm-locked glass cases in the Cathedral of Strangnas, a 900-year-old church. It gave no further details. I hope the police succeed in finding them'.

Eyewitness Tom Rowsell, who is getting married at the cathedral this weekend, described seeing two people running to a "little white boat with a motor on the back".

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"The two men hurriedly jumped on board and it sped off", Rowell said, adding that they "appeared non-Nordic".

Officers chased the thieves by boat and helicopter - but were unable to apprehend them. Sweden's third-largest freshwater lake.

Police have appealed to the public for any information that may lead to the men's arrest. "It's just not possible to sell these kinds of objects", the national police coordinator for thefts of cultural artefacts, Maria Ellior, told news agency TT.

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.

Strangnas is a small town south of Stockholm.