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Florida Suspect Swallows Loot

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PINELLAS COUNTY, FL -

A burglar with a sweet tooth swallows stolen goods! It's not every day that a suspected burglar gets busted with the goods, not on him but in him.

Neighbors still can't believe it.

"I couldn't believe it, my God, he had no thought of his health did he? And the fact that they did a scan; that's awesome," Rachel Thomas said.

This unusual discovery all began when Joseph Bravo Ramos was busted driving a car that was stolen during a burglary in Safety Harbor, Florida.

Ramos was taken to the Pinellas County jail and sent through the x-ray scanner. That's when the machine made a golden find.

"Just when you think you have seen it all, this is a new one," Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said.

Investigators say that the twenty year old suspected burglar had swallowed two gold necklaces. The items were such a health threat that doctors had to go in and surgically remove them.

"If you see in the x-rays, they're fairly good size chains. They were bunched up there so they needed to be removed," Sheriff Gualtieri said.

This summer, Pinellas and Sarasota County jails installed hi-tech x-ray scanners to spot contraband, such as weapons and drugs, from getting into the jail, but jewelry in someone's stomach is a first.

Ramos now sits in jail, minus the jewelry, facing more charges. The stolen jewelry was returned to the victim, but the question now is, does she even want them back?

"I know it was cleaned up and they gave it back to her. I'm sure she'll do something with it. I'm not sure exactly what, that's a good question," Gualtieri quipped.

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