MANCHESTER, N.H. (TheBlaze/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 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.
CNN reported that the ring, which the jewelry store owner said was looking “pretty darn good,” will be auctioned off for charity. Watch the report with footage of Perley swallowing the ring: