Woman Who Swallowed Stolen Ring Has to Retrieve It

Cops: 'We don't get paid enough' to do it
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2014 1:22 PM CDT
Woman Who Swallowed Stolen Ring Has to Retrieve It
Christina Schlegel, 25, has been charged with felony theft.   (Orem Department of Public Safety)

There are some things you just know are part of the job if you're in law enforcement: dealing with criminals, putting your life on the line, even tedious paperwork. But one thing that cops in Orem, Utah, don't consider part of their job description is sifting through a suspect's bowel movements for evidence. Christina Schlegel, 25, was arrested on felony theft charges after partner-in-crime Bryan Ford allegedly stole a wedding ring from Zales jewelry store, after which she apparently swallowed it—and now local police tell the New York Daily News that Schlegel is going to have to extract it for them herself.

An X-ray of Schlegel's stomach seemed to verify that she did indeed gulp down the stolen goods. The ring, which is said by police to be worth several thousand bucks, could take a couple of hours or a few weeks to make its way out of Schlegel's system, notes My Fox Philly, but either way, police aren't planning on donning their latex gloves to go through the no-flush toilet in Schlegel's jail cell. "We don’t get paid enough to dig through people’s bowel movements," an Orem lieutenant tells the Daily News. (Schlegel's alleged crime is child's play to this diamond smuggler.)

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