Jewel thieves make speedboat getaway

 Strängnäs cathedral (center). Image courtesy of Digital Globe, 8/8/11 10:43 UTC.

Strängnäs cathedral (center). Image courtesy of Digital Globe, 8/8/11 10:43 UTC.

Some pieces of Swedish heritage vanished Tuesday, when thieves made off with two crowns and a gold orb in a daylight raid on the cathedral in Strängnäs, Sweden. The ceremonial objects had once belonged to the 17th-century Swedish King Karl IX and Queen Kristina. Upon smashing a glass display case and lifting the jewels, the perpetrators bicycled downhill to the lakeshore, hopped in a boat, and disappeared into the maze of inlets and islands of Lake Mälaren.  Shown below in section, with the town of Strängnäs in the lower-left corner, the lake with its 1,200 islands spreads some 75 miles inland from the Swedish capital of Stockholm. Police failed in their attempts to track the thieves by boat and helicopter.

 Lake Mälaren. Image courtesy of Planet Labs, 7/16/18 9:34 UTC.

Lake Mälaren. Image courtesy of Planet Labs, 7/16/18 9:34 UTC.

Edward Boyda