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Second Swede charged in theft of royal jewels from church

Second Swede charged in theft of royal jewels from church
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In this Tuesday, July 31, 2018 photo, a police cordon near the scene of a robbery at the Strangnas Cathedral, in Strangnas, Sweden. (Pontus Stenberg/TT News Agency via AP)

Published Thursday, May 16, 2019 5:09AM EDT

COPENHAGEN -- A Swedish prosecutor says a second man has been charged with grand larceny in connection with last year s theft of royal funeral artifacts from a cathedral west of Stockholm.

Prosecutor Isabelle Bjursten said Thursday she believes the unnamed 26-year-old "is one of the people who performed the theft" of the Swedish royal treasures, dating from 1611.

In February, Johan Nicklas Backstrom was given four-and-a-half years in prison for stealing two crowns and an orb used at the funerals of King Karl IX and Queen Kristina. The jewels had been on display in Strangnas Cathedral.
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