Utah woman swallows diamond ring, pawns it after 'natural digestive process'

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 10 at 3:11 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — 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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