X-rays show NH man swallowed ring, police say
MANCHESTER, N.H. (WHDH) -- Police say the X-rays don't lie: A man who tried to flee from a New Hampshire jewelry store with a diamond ring worth $3,200 swallowed it. Surveillance video also appears to show the act.
“He goes boink and pops it into his mouth and then says, ‘Hey, I didn’t do anything, I don’t have any ring’,” said David Bellman, the owner of Bellman’s Jewelers in Manchester.
Bellman said he’s never seen anything like it.
Surveillance video shows the customer shopping for an engagement ring on Thursday. He looks at a $3,200 ring and says “Thank you” and makes a run for the door.
When the clerk refused to buzz the man out of the store, the video appears to show the man put the ring into his mouth.
“She says, ‘you took the ring’ and he’s like -- takes the ring and he pops it into his mouth and he says ‘what ring?’ and she’s like ‘the ring you just swallowed’ and then he was then denying that he had taken anything,” said Bellman.
Police got a search warrant and brought 52-year-old Ronald Perley to Elliot Hospital, where X-rays showed the 14-karat white-gold ring with princess-cut diamonds inside him.
Perley is behind bars while investigators wait for him to pass the ring.
“They are basically monitoring him at this point until -- they are anticipating it will pass naturally and at that point they’ll later recover it,” said Lt. Maureen Tessier of the Manchester police department.
Whenever Bellman gets the ring back he’ll either melt the ring down for parts or try to sell it as one-of-a-kind.
“Maybe I’ll just put it out in the showcase and say ‘that’s the ring’ and we’ll put it in a little box and we’ll just leave it out there and people can just look at it or something, I don’t know, for a few weeks anyway and then we’ll figure out what to do with it after that,” said Bellman.
Perley was arraigned on charges of theft and falsifying physical evidence. His $50,000 bail includes the ring's recovery.