On Wednesday begins the trial against the 22-year-old man suspected of stealing two gold crowns and a riksäpple from the Strängnäs cathedral. The objects included in the so-called begravningsregalier who had produced king Karl IX and queen Kristina the elder funerals in the beginning of the 1600s. Even in an international comparison are considered to be of exceptional quality.
the Value of the stolen items has been estimated at 65 million, but from a historical perspective, they are priceless.
" Everything has an economic value, but this is like when the house burns down and the pictures of the kids disappear. This has a different value, it is a part of our history, and it is not only Henderson, which is bestulet, but the whole of Sweden, Johan Dalman, bishop of Strängnäs diocese, said to the TT.
the coup have been told about how two people were seen leaving the cathedral on the bike, and how the latter continued to escape in a motorboat. More suspects are, according to the police, even if no addition to the 22-year-old is in custody at the moment.
The stolen regalia has not been found, and a separate investigation is underway as part of the hunt for the stolen items. The prosecutor Reena Devgun led the investigation that is the basis for the indictment against the 22-year-old. She does not rule out that the objects have been smuggled out of Sweden.
Through cooperation with Interpol, sought regalia all over the world. But to sell the unique items on the open market is, of course, impossible, so where can they have gone?
– There are two possibilities, " says Michel Will, an expert on stolen art in the pan-european police organization Europol.
" Either it's about the amateurs who do not know what it is they have stolen. We had a similar theft in Berlin recently. A large gold objects were stolen from a museum and when the thieves realized that they could not sell it so solid-they are disassembled and melted down the metal, he continues.
is that the regalia have been stolen to order by a collector.
– It is impossible to say how common it is, but it happens, we have such cases, " says Michael Will.
According to Europol, constitute the sale of stolen art and historical objects, the third-biggest illegal market in the Europe. How much money is traded annually, nobody knows, but it involves a lot of money. In average, the seizure of 25 000 items each year by police across Europe.
– The main part consists of archaeological objects and coins, " said Michael Will.
– It is impossible to calculate how big this market is because many objects are documented from the beginning. Often they are sold openly on the internet and the buyers do not know that it is about the archaeological artefacts that are illegal to sell.
A third option is that the thieves try to sell the items to the they stole them from. So was the case with the paintings of Rembrandt and Renoir were stolen from the national museum in Stockholm. The Swedish church stated, however, for the TT to something offer to get back the regalia against the payment has not occurred.
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