Crown Jewels From Ghana Snatched in Hotel Lobby
King's rep shrugs off theft as 'not such a big deal'
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2012 4:10 PM CDT
King Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, ruler of the Ashanti people in Ghana.   (AP)

(Newser) – Even a king has to keep an eye on his luggage, apparently. King Otumfuo Osei Tutu II of Ghana was visiting Norway this week when some of his family's crown jewels were snatched from a hotel lobby in Oslo, the BBC reports. Police say they have "good" surveillance images of the scene and are trying to identify the suspects. The king's secretary, who first said the jewels had "tremendous value," later dismissed the theft as "not such a big deal"—just a few rings and some lost headgear.

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Oct 14, 2012 7:01 AM CDT
Ever notice how royalty become a parody of themselves? Who takes their royal gewgaws on a trip to Oslo? Who is he trying to impress? The idea, your Highness, is to take stuff back with you to the hinterlands, not to bring the royal collection of trinkets with you. Norway has its own crown jewels, thank you very much, and doesn't need to run around looking for the stuff you left lying on the counter when you checked in.
Oct 13, 2012 7:09 PM CDT
"Ghanna carry that load, a long time..."
Oct 13, 2012 9:38 AM CDT
Your suitcase is a great place to carry tyour country's crwon jewels. DumbF.