Manchester, New Hampshire - Police have recovered a R28,000 engagement ring an American man allegedly swallowed during an attempted jewellery store theft.
Authorities charged 52-year-old Ronald Perley with theft and falsifying physical evidence after X-rays showed the 14-karat white-gold ring with princess-cut diamonds inside him.
WMUR-TV reports that police in New Hampshire had recovered the ring on Saturday.
Perley allegedly went into a shop on Thursday asking about engagement rings. Workers said he grabbed a ring, then swallowed it after being confronted.
Police said surveillance footage showed Perley taking the ring and putting his hand to his mouth.