• Sweden's news in English
 
jobs_header_v3

Swedish royal jewels missing after daring theft

The Local · 14 Jun 2012, 13:53

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

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

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.

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.

TT/The Local/og

twitter.com/thelocalsweden

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit


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
Abdulqadir Abdi Osman, Somalia:

http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/7096/stmningsanskan.pdf
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

Open letter to The Royal Court of Sweden about King of Sweden (read in "My Notes") - http://www.facebook.com/Helge.Kroupski
Today's headlines
Swedish Lucia advert sparks love and hate online
Photo: Janerik Henriksson / TT

An advert for Sweden’s Åhléns has unleashed a heated online debate after the department store chain unveiled a new campaign featuring a dark-skinned child, whose gender wasn’t obvious to all, dressed as a Lucia.

IKEA founder Kamprad suffers broken hip
Photo: Thord Nilsson / TT file picture

Ninety-year-old IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad has suffered from a broken hip, which temporarily resulted in him being hospitalised, but is now in good recovery, his assistant said on Sunday. He may have to skip the traditional IKEA Christmas celebrations in his native Älmhult though.

What are Swedish values? Many Swedes are unsure
Photo: Erik Johansen / TT

Although perhaps one of the hottest potatoes in the Swedish political debate right now, many Swedes still find it hard to pinpoint exactly what Swedish values are, a new study shows.

Swedes protest cutbacks in personal assistance budget
Demonstrations were held in 25 towns and cities across Sweden on Saturday. Photo: Janerik Hansson / TT

Thousands of people staged demonstrations across Sweden on Saturday to protest recent cutbacks in the budget funding personal assistance for people with disabilities.

Police launch manhunt after deadly Stockholm shooting
No suspects have yet been arrested over the attack. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

Swedish police have launched a massive manhunt after masked gunmen barged into a Stockholm café and shot two people to death late on Friday.

Sweden has fourth happiest workers in the world: report
Is Swedish fika the secret? Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Sweden is home to the fourth happiest workers in the world, an international survey has claimed.

Here's how much Ikea staff are getting for Christmas
Christmas comes early for Ikea staff. Photo: Vegard Wivestad Grøtt/NTB scanpix/TT

Staff at Ikea are getting an early Christmas treat in the form of millions of euros to share between them.

Sweden threatens action to stop Facebook 'hate and lies'
Should Facebook crack down on hate speech? Photo: AP Photo/dapd, Timur Emek

Sweden could impose legal obligations on Facebook as a last resort if the social network does not crack down on hate speech and fake news, the culture and democracy minister has threatened.

In pictures
This is what Sweden's new Icehotel looks like
An artist's impression of the hotel in winter. Photo: PinPin Studio/Icehotel

The famous Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi has just opened its new year-round section. Have a look at some of the first pictures of one of the world's most unusual hotels here.

The Local List
Sweden's pioneering free press act turns 250
It doesn't look bad for 250 years old. Photo: Regeringen

On the day of its 250th anniversary, The Local looks at five facts worth knowing about Sweden's groundbreaking Freedom of the Press Act.

Sponsored Article
Smart songwriters: Sweden’s next big music export?
National
Final proof that Sweden has NOT banned Christmas lights
Sponsored Article
Why Stockholm attracts so much talent from abroad
Travel
IN PICTURES: Stockholm's new myth-busting Viking museum
The Local Voices
Job market matchmaker hooks up 1,300 newcomers and Swedes
Blog updates

14 November

Hello darkness, my old friend (The Diplomatic Dispatch) »

"I started thinking about November’s blog for The Local at the end of October, as the…" READ »

 

6 October

10 useful hjälpverb (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »

 
 
 
Sponsored Article
18 Stockholm innovations to keep an eye on
Gallery
People-watching: November 30th
Sponsored Article
Sweden to Hong Kong: The Local guide
National
This is how cold it's going to get in Sweden this week
Gallery
Property of the week: Skellefteå
National
Inside Sweden's perilous Sami reindeer pilgrimage
Sponsored Article
Programmers' bootcamp: Change your life in 12 weeks
The Local Voices
'My name is Sami and I am a proud Swede - it hurts when people say I'm not Swedish'
Sponsored Article
We visited 5 'murder spots' in Malmö
National
Swedish Advent 'less popular than Christmas Eve'
Gallery
People-watching: November 25th-27th
Sponsored Article
Why Stockholm startups are teaching kids to program
Swedish city to put all workers through LGBT course
Sponsored Article
Smart songwriters: Sweden’s next big music export?
National
The five weirdest attacks on Sweden's giant straw yule goat
Gallery
People-watching: November 23rd
Sponsored Article
'Learning to trade gave me the life I wanted'
The Local Voices
'Swedes are stylish: you need to dress well if you want to fit in'
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: leading the way in clean energy innovation
National
Critics slam Swedish paper's Donald Trump cartoon as anti-Semitic
Sponsored Article
Michael Björklund: 'Being a chef is crazy work'
National
Men call Sweden's mansplaining hotline for mansplaining tips
Sponsored Article
We visited 5 'murder spots' in Malmö
Gallery
Property of the week: Gotland
Sponsored Article
HIV in Sweden today is not like it was yesterday
Gallery
People-watching: November 18th-20th
Sponsored Article
Mette Helbæk: ‘We have a basic human need to connect'
Culture
Shooting starts on The Bridge 4
Sponsored Article
Terje Håkonsen: 'I try to make everything count'
Travel
Sweden's ten most beautiful places
Sponsored Article
Lina Thomsgård: 'I try to break down barriers every day'
The Local Voices
Having a Swedish girlfriend didn't help this Egyptian evade culture shock
Sponsored Article
'We wanted to turn ideas into action'
Gallery
People-watching: November 16th
Culture
What the world of Harry Potter would look like... set in Sweden
National
Here's where Sweden's best non-native English speakers live
The Local Voices
This new book by a Syrian writer gives refugee children their own hero
Politics
Do Swedish polls underestimate support for Sweden Democrats?
3,496
jobs available