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Swedish Royal Jewels, Stolen in Brazen Heist, Have Apparently Been Recovered

The were found atop a trash bin.

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Police in Sweden have found what they believe to be the priceless royal jewels that were stolen last summer.

They were found atop a trash bin in a suburb near Stockholm, the BBC reports. Authorities are trying to verify that the items are the real articles.

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Swedish police said in a statement: “Every indication now suggests that Karl IX’s stolen funeral regalia has been found in the Stockholm area, but the police are working intensively to have it confirmed 100 percent.”

Two crowns and an orb that served as funeral regalia for Karl IX, a 17th century monarch, were stolen in July from Strängnäs cathedral near Stockholm.

The thieves escaped across a lake by way of speedboat.

Described as priceless, the stolen items are made of gold, pearls and precious stones.

One suspect, age 22, is on trial in connection with the crime, according to the BBC. Police are looking for “additional perpetrators.”

Read more at the BBC

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Jewelry Store Robbed After Owner Tied Up in Home

The thieves made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars in goods.

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Icebox Diamonds & Watches in Atlanta was burglarized after masked gunmen tied up the owner and his wife in their home, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Cobb County police stated that on Friday, the culprits forced the couple into their home and took the store keys. The couple were not injured.

(Other news sources, including WXIA-TV, described the victims as the “manager and his wife.”)

Two men broke into the Buckhead store at about 11:30 p.m. and spent about two hours there, authorities said. They took jewelry and watches from safes.

The stolen goods were reportedly worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in total. Cash and jewelry were also stolen from the store owner’s home, according to the Journal-Constitution.

Icebox Diamonds & Watches is known for its celebrity clientele, the newspaper notes.

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Singer Katy Perry Shows Off $5M Engagement Ring — Take a Look

It’s one of the most expensive celebrity engagement rings ever.

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Singer Katy Perry took to Instagram to show off the engagement ring she got from actor Orlando Bloom when he popped the question on Valentine’s Day.

E! News explains that “the flower-shaped sparkler appears to have a pink center stone with diamonds surrounding it, along with a gold band.” She captioned the photo “full bloom.”

Andrew Brown, president of WP Diamonds, told E! News that the ring is likely worth about $5 million.

He said it appears to feature “a 4-carat fancy vivid pink oval shaped diamond.” That stone is encircled by eight white diamonds.

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The estimated price tag would put the ring among the most expensive ever worn by a celebrity.

Perhaps the most expensive celebrity engagement ring ever was the $10 million sparkler given to singer Mariah Carey in 2016 by Australian businessman James Packer. Their engagement was called off that same year.

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Former Jewelry Store Worker Accused of Stealing $222,000 in Merchandise

She allegedly took the goods to pawn shops.

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A former employee of a jewelry store in Rhode Island has been accused of stealing from the business.

Yanill C. Taveras, who worked for Ross-Simons Jewelers in Cranston, was arrested on a charge of embezzlement/fraudulent conversion, WPRI reports.

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Authorities say 121 pieces of jewelry were missing from the store, with a total value of more than $222,000.

Taveras, 26, came under suspicion when it was discovered that she had pawned jewelry at local shops, WPRI reports.

Police say they’ve recovered about $105,000 in jewelry so far.

Taveras has been released on surety bail. She’s set to appear in court on April 25.

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