Stolen crown jewels worth £5.5m ‘discovered in Stockholm bin’


Swedish royal treasure that was stolen from a cathedral last year may have been found in a bin in Stockholm, police say.

Two crowns and an orb dating back to 1611 were taken from Strangnas Cathedral west of Stockholm on 31 July 2018.

The jewels, which were used for the funerals of King Karl IX and Queen Kristina, are worth 65 million kronor (£5.5m).

A police spokeswoman told Sky News: “A security guard found what could potentially be the jewels in a bin.

“Work is under way to determine whether they are in fact the jewels that were taken.”

The spokeswoman was unable to confirm the location of the Stockholm bin where the treasures may been found.

They added that more details will come “when we know for sure if it is the stolen regalia”.

The trial of a 22-year-old man accused of stealing the jewels was adjourned yesterday because the jewels showed up.

Reena Deevgun, for the prosecution, said: “I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the regalia turned up today.”

The 22-year-old Swedish man was arrested in September last year.

A second man has not been detained but not charged.

Thieves smashed a glass alarmed display at the 900-year-old Strangnas Cathedral before taking the jewels.

They are said to have fled the scene on ladies bicycles before hopping on a motorboat and navigating Stockholm’s vast system of lakes.

Police helicopters were scrambled but the suspects have not been caught.

The stolen artefacts are funeral regalia and are placed on top of a coffin to symbolise a deceased royal’s social rank and identity.

While some funeral regalia are kept in the cathedrals of Strangnas, Uppsala and Vasteras, Sweden’s crown jewels are in vaults under the Royal Castle in Stockholm.

(c) Sky News 2019: Stolen crown jewels worth £5.5m ‘discovered in Stockholm bin’

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