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Swedish royal jewels missing after daring theft

The Local · 14 Jun 2012, 13:53

Published: 14 Jun 2012 13:53 GMT+02:00

The thief, a 19-year-old friend of the family, confessed to the theft soon after, wrote the Aftonbladet newspaper.

It is alleged that he sold the majority of the jewels for 9,000 kronor to two marijuana dealers.

He also reportedly threw a tiara worth 350,000 kronor off a Stockholm bridge into the water below.

The jewellery belonged to Princess Christina, the 68-year-old youngest sister of Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf.

The collection contained treasures inherited from her mother, Princess Sibylla, and Gustav VI Adolf, the previous king of Sweden.

It is alleged that the contents also included golden rings and bracelets, as well as gifts from the ex-emperor of Ethiopia - Haile Selassie.

The discovery of the missing treasure was made by Tord Magnuson, the husband of the princess.

When Magnuson confronted the teenager, the 19-year-old confessed to the crime immediately, wrote the paper.

The 19-year-old also told how he stole the 350,000 kronor tiara back in mid-May during a party at the palace, and then threw it into the water off the Riksbron Bridge in Stockholm.

Divers on Wednesday searched for the sunken jewels to no avail, with Aftonbladet reporting that only wallets, false teeth and one eel have been found so far.

The 19-year-old, who came to Sweden as a refugee in 2010, had lived with the royal couple, and Magnuson had acted as his mentor.

The two became close friends, with Princess Christina even referring to the man as “the child of the house”.

It is alleged that he stole the key to the safe back in April and planned to blame the housecleaner for the thefts.

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Charges of aggravated theft have been filed against the man.

The 19-year-old has given descriptions to police of the two men who bought the jewels, but neither has been identified as yet.

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Your comments about this article

14:42 June 14, 2012 by sarcastrix
"The 19-year-old, who came to Sweden as a refugee in 2010" - every good home should have one!
14:43 June 14, 2012 by JulieLou40
Ha ha, love the photo caption......!
14:54 June 14, 2012 by shamann
hahahah i wonder where was he from
15:24 June 14, 2012 by Svensksmith
So prophetic.
15:36 June 14, 2012 by libertarianism
Hath not every hen the right to a tiara? Fellow Swedes (and assorted visa holders), I call for idle hands to become employed in the craft of tiaraship! Let all classes, all blood types, all astrological signs be united in our common goal of the bling-crowned everyhen. Tiara-fashioners unite!
16:37 June 14, 2012 by Good Mr Che
See you all under the bridge ;)
17:39 June 14, 2012 by Nvd
Damn, one refugee steals, the rest pay. :D
21:18 June 14, 2012 by danielm.
Once a country prosperous through it's homogeneous values and people is now an example of a country gone fully liberal. What I'm saying now has or will become self apparent in the near future.

Violence is the last thing I want and I hope things never go that far, but if history is any indication I'm afraid they will.
04:27 June 15, 2012 by Trenatos
Unfortunately I agree with Daniel, I have a feeling that things are going to turn ugly in a not too distant future..
07:12 June 15, 2012 by Rishonim
Is that a picture of the King in drags? It should bring her comfort to know they have at least recovered her false teeth. Now she can go on and enjoy some nice corn on the cob. I wonder what sort of naughty things the Princes and Tord(love the name) Margnusson could have done to pizz of the 19 year old?
21:13 June 15, 2012 by haladeen
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11:03 June 17, 2012 by salalah
Rishonim: LOL

They were calling him a "child" though in Africa you are an adult from the age of 15, maybe that pi``ed him off.
13:48 October 16, 2012 by Helge Krupski
Open Information for prosecutors and police in Sweden about King of Sweden (read in "My Notes") - http://www.facebook.com/Helge.Kroupski

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