Would-Be Thief Swallows $13,600 Diamond

Would-Be Thief Swallows $13,600 Diamond

A Chinese tourist was arrested in Sri Lanka on Wednesday after allegedly attempting to steal a diamond by swallowing it during a gem and jewelry exhibition. The owner of the exhibition stall where the incident occurred said the alleged thief, 32-year-old Chow Cheng, was examining the diamond when he attempted to swap the real gem—valued at 1.8 million rupees, or $13,600—with a synthetic one. When the ruse was spotted, the suspect reportedly swallowed the diamond, which police say can be seen in an X-ray of his throat. More… Discuss

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