Police: Woman Swallowed Diamond, Pawned It Later

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Utah woman is accused of theft after police say she swallowed a $4,000 diamond ring at a department store before pawning it off after it passed through her system.

Police say 38-year-old Angela Winters Hardman of Sandy stopped at a Macy's outside Salt Lake City in May and asked to try on the jewelry.

An employee says Hardman then made a switch and handed back a similar, though obviously bogus, ring -- but denied stealing the real thing.

Detectives who watched surveillance video confronted Hardman later and say she admitted swallowing the ring and pawning it days later for $600.

Sandy Police Sgt. Jon Arnold says the ring first went through the "natural digestive process."

Hardman is charged with felony retail theft. It wasn't clear whether she had a lawyer.


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