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Swedish police raid two locations following the theft of royal regalia

The Swedish police confirmed on Wednesday morning that they raided two locations following the royal regalia theft that occurred Tuesday evening. Two different areas in the towns of Tynnelsö and Morraröfjärden were targeted. The raids happened late Tuesday evening after the police received several tips from the public.

There is now a substantial police presence with boats and helicopters being used in the city of Strängnäs and in Tynnelsö.

Police spokesperson Thomas Agnevik said: “We have no person arrested or suspected, but the hunt for the guilty continues.”

The burial crown of King Karl IX. Photo: Swedish police.

One eyewitness who spoke to the press last night said: “One of my friends saw two people running. I saw the boat just there, a white little boat, with a motor on the back.

“The two men hurriedly jumped on board. We contacted the police, and they told us they had taken something from the Cathedral”.

The police have confirmed that they are looking for a motorboat, possibly white or blue, operated by two male individuals. Police say they might have abandoned the boat and continued their escape by car but are still interested in locating the motorboat.

One of the suspects is 180 centimetres tall, skinny, and was wearing a light beige jacket with dark long pants. The other is 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 burial crown of Queen Kristina. Photo: Swedish police.

The police have received many tip-offs and are continuing to receiving more each hour. The police have thanked the public for the good help they have received and still want everyone to report any information as soon as possible and if they see anything suspicious in the area. Three places are still closed in the downtown area of Strängnäs by the police. This is at the cathedral and along the escape route down towards Mälarvatnet and Bo Setterlinds Park.

It was on Tuesday afternoon 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.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.