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Break in at Stockholm royal palace

TT/The Local · 6 Aug 2010, 08:35

Published: 06 Aug 2010 08:35 GMT+02:00

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Drottningholm Palace is the home of Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf, although the neither he nor other members of the royal family were home at the time.

"It concerns a full-scale break in and aggravated theft," Bobo Mårtensson at Stockholm police.

According to the Stockholm police emergency call centre a remote alarm was triggered at the pavilion at 2.01am, and police were on the scene 14 minutes later.

The police unit had been beaten to the scene by guards, who had arrived 6 minutes after the alarm but the thieves had already left.

It remained unclear on Friday morning what had been taken but the thieves are reported to have smashed glass cases containing porcelain and figurines.

"They have gone at them, but we don't know how many yet," said Diane Sundin at Stockholm police.

When police arrived at the scene at 2.10am equipped with sniffer dogs they were able to locate a moped dumped in the water.

"The trail goes from the Chinese Pavilion all the way down to the water. Someone could have been waiting there with a boat," Diane Sundin said.

Police technicians are on their way to the scene to collect forensic evidence and after they have completed their work staff will conduct an inventory to see if anything has been taken.

"As far as we know there has never been a break in at the Chinese Pavilion before. either they knew what they were after, which I consider the most feasible, or it is just people that have gone in and thought that this looks nice. But I think that it would be very difficult to sell on the black market, this is nothing that would follow the normal fencing channels," Sundin said adding that she believes it could have been a contract job.

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The Chinese Pavilion is on the Unesco list of world heritage sites and is in the grounds of Drottningholm Palace, where the king and queen, and until recently Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, live.

The building was constructed cloaked in secrecy as King Adolf Fredrik sought to surprise Queen Lovisa Ulrika as a present on the occasion of their wedding in 1753.

The wooden construction was replaced in the 1760 with a more permanent building. The interior of the pavilion is today one of the "one of the finest European rococo interiors with chinoiserie", according to the Royal Court homepage.

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12:21 August 6, 2010 by G Kin
Luckily the king wasn't home at the time. He would have been stolen as well!

And what would Sweden have done? :(
15:12 August 6, 2010 by glamelixir
Well, Sweden would have promoted Victoria and we would have our personal trainner instead as our national male figure!


The thieves were not stealing, they were taking back the money from the insane wedding and honeymoon. :P
20:37 August 6, 2010 by G Kin

The king and queen have nothing to worry about then. They weren't sleeping there that night, so the royal sleep wasn't disturbed.

Charge the gúys with tresspassing, while I wish them luck with their find :) ?
23:33 August 6, 2010 by blondelover
It seems to be a something fishy here.! thieves sneaked into King of Sweden residence. Not even a single cop and security person unbelivable

No wonder thieves are getting more sophisticated 6 months ago a robbery from the helicopter kind of -(ocean trilogy style)

then a robbery at diamond shop . what the heck so many surveillance camera none is not getting caught.
11:08 August 7, 2010 by Streja
The king doesn't live in the Chinese Pavillion!

He lives in Drottningholm Palace, a HUGE building quite a long walk from this pavillion.

Learn to read, posters!
22:18 August 7, 2010 by xykat
I am so upset about this! Swedish cultural history being stolen. I am sure its going to the highest private bidders in China no doubt.

I am often shocked about the "priceless" objects on display in Swedish museums that barely have any security on them and you can stand a few feet away from them and even touch them at times. I wish I was the Swedish cultural history director I would really clamp down on the museums and force them to use some money to add more security.

I think Swedes are a bit naive, everything can be stolen and the Swedish cultural authorities need to keep this in mind and be more protective.

Its a real tragedy. I hope the items can get recovered somehow.
09:13 August 8, 2010 by NovaLand
Cool that the police investigates a burglar as hard as they would if it would be a murder. I wish they would do so in all break-ins.
01:13 August 9, 2010 by anders Pearson
Why on earth was there not one guarding the building? the stuff in there is 100s of years old. Shame on the lack of The Royal Guards (Högvakten) on duty.
06:52 August 9, 2010 by wenddiver
Maybe they were stoned and thought you could get Chinese food there? Maybe the Swedish family should live in a Swedish style building?? The Queen of England doesn't have a building shaped like a McDonalds Resturant, does she>

Sorry, couldn't resist just yanking your chain. I know how irritating burglers can be and sholud not make light of it. Hopefully the Swedish Intelligence Services will catch the thieves, jam their heads in a toilet and kick them in the back of the head until they suck up all the water, so they learn a proper respect for other peoples homes.
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