According to the police, thieves smashed a security case at a cathedral in Sweden and stole gold and jewel-encrusted crowns from the early 1600s before getting on to their bicycles and escaping via a nearby lake.
On Tuesday, the 2 men pulled off the heist at Strangnas Cathedral at noon and vanished aboard a speedboat or jet skis into the vast patchwork of lakes around the city, located 60 kilometres (37 miles) west of the Swedish capital of Stockholm, according to the police.
“The alarm went off when the burglars smashed the security glass and stole the artefacts,” Catharina Frojd, a spokeswoman for the 14th-century cathedral, told The Associated Press.
Strangnas Cathedral said on its website that the stolen pieces were kept “in accordance with the prevailing safety regulations in locked and alarmed displays.” It gave no further details.
“The two men hurriedly jumped on board and it sped off,” Rowell said, adding that they “appeared non-Nordic.” He didn’t elaborate.
However, police spokesman Stefan Dangardt said “witnesses’ testimonies varied quite a bit” and it was also possible the thieves escaped on jet skis.