'Impossible to sell' crown jewels stolen in Hollywood-style heist

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They were stolen from the Cathedral of Strangnas, a 900-year-old church around 80 miles from the capital, Stockholm.

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

The Swedish Royal Family's crown jewels from the 17th century are seen in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters on August 1, 2018.

"I saw a little, white boat and the men jumped in the boat and sped away", a witness told the Swedish daily Aftonbladet.

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The thieves have not yet been captured.

'We are looking for a small and open motorboat.

The crowns and orb are made of gold and enamel and encrusted with beads, crystals and pearls.

"I knew immediately they were burglars because of the way they were behaving".

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Police quickly mobilised and pursued the thieves by sea, on land, in helicopters and planes. We have some different information about how exactly the boat looked.

Maria Ellior, of the Swedish police's National Operations Department, told Sweden's TT news agency the items are "impossible to sell". A spokesperson for the cathedral said that the alarm went off as designed, and security precautions were in place at the time, the Post said. "We contacted the police and told them and they told us they had taken something from the Cathedral".

"We have high hopes of getting them back", he said.

"These are items that are completely unique, well-known.in Sweden and probably even internationally", he said. In 2012, a friend of the royal family was convicted for stealing royal jewels worth more than $120,000, which he had purloined from a private apartment belonging to Princess Christina, the sister of King Carl XVI Gustaf.

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