Sweden

Second man arrested over the theft of the Swedish Crown Jewels



Swedish police have arrested a second man in relation to the theft Swedish Crown Jewels which were stolen in July and are still missing.

Police prosecutor Reena Devgun said: “The person who is arrested is of interest in the investigation. Interrogation will be conducted shortly and I will then take a stand for the continued detention.”

In September, that the first arrest was made. Prosecutor Devgun said at the time: “We need to collect our evidence that we will present. We are still working actively to recover the stolen goods.”

The royal crowns of King Karl IX & Strängnäs Cathedral. PHOTO: LIVRUSTKAMMAREN & RIGGWELTER VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS.

In a police appeal following the theft, one of the suspects that was described as 180 centimetres tall, skinny, and was wearing a light beige jacket with dark long pants. The other was slightly shorter than 180 centimetres, heavier, had on a dark jacket with a possibly slightly red below item of clothing below, and had dark hair or something dark on their head.

The police have confirmed that the stolen regalia is still missing.

It was on Tuesday afternoon 26 July when parts of the Swedish Royal Regalia were stolen from the Strängnäs Cathedral. It was the two royal crowns of King Karl IX and Queen Kristina as well as one royal orb that was stolen by two unidentified men. The items that were stolen were originally interred in Karl IX’s grave but were later exhumed and put on display.

Karl IX was King of Sweden from 1604 until his death in 1611. He was the youngest son of King Gustav I and his second wife. He was the uncle of Sigismund who at one point was king of both Sweden and Poland.

Strängnäs Cathedral is a cathedral in Strängnäs, Sweden, since the Protestant Reformation the seat of the Lutheran Diocese of Strängnäs. Construction work began about 1250. New parts came into the 1300s and 1400s, but the original tower was first built in the 1740s. The church tower is 75 metres high.



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Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.