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Cornered jewelry thief swallows diamond ring



MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Police say they've got the $3,200 engagement ring a New Hampshire man allegedly swallowed during an attempted jewelry store theft.

Authorities charged 52-year-old Ronald Perley with theft and falsifying physical evidence after they say X-rays showed the 14-karat white-gold ring with princess-cut diamonds inside him.

WMUR-TV (http://bit.ly/15cl7n3 ) reports Manchester police had recovered the ring as of Saturday.

Perley allegedly went into Bellman's Jewelers on Thursday asking about engagement rings. Workers said he grabbed a ring then swallowed it after being confronted.

Police say surveillance footage shows Perley taking the ring and putting his hand to his mouth.

Perley was being held on $50,000 bail. It's not clear if he has an attorney.
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