Man gets 12 days for stealing, swallowing diamond

August 17, 2011 2:53:03 PM PDT
A Chicago man who gulped down a diamond ring while trying to conceal a theft was sentenced to 12 days in jail.

Wilfredo Gonzalez-Cruz will also serve two years of probation after pleading guilty to a felony theft charge.

Gonzalez-Cruz took the ring from a Cicero home where he was doing repair work earlier this month. When he was confronted about the theft, he swallowed it during a struggle with the homeowner.

Police took Gonzalez-Cruz to the hospital where an X-ray revealed the ring. Authorities waited for nature to run its course, and a couple days later they recovered the evidence.