14ct diamond swallowed

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.

- Sapa-AP

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