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Police recover diamond ring from man’s stomach

By Mason White 4:35 PM April 14, 2013
Ronald Perley 

By: John Roberts
(Scroll down for video) Police officers took a man to the hospital in order to recover a diamond ring which the man swallowed.

Ronald Perley from New Hampshire tried to flee a Manchester jewelry store with a diamond ring worth $3,200.

Employees at Bellman Jewelers in Manchester said that Perley came into the store and was looking for an engagement ring.
After looking around for a while, Perley, 52, took a ring and ran to the door. When a worker confronted him, Perley put the ring in his mouth and swallow it, according to police reports.

Workers held him down until police arrived. Perley denied swallowing the ring. Police obtained a search warrant and took him to Elliot Hospital, where x-rays showed that the 14-carat white gold princess cut diamond ring was indeed in his stomach.

“Not only does he not have the ring, he might lose his girlfriend after she hears how he got of the ring,” Jennifer Oliver, 21, from Marlborough, New Hampshire told after hearing about the arrest.

Perley was indicted on charges of theft and falsifying physical evidence. His bail was set at $50,000 which includes the recovery of the ring.

Jewelry store owner David Bellman said: “Once we get the ring back, we might just put it in the showcase so people can come in and see it. Maybe someone will be interested in buying the now famous ring.”

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