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Man Charged In Burglary Swallows Two Necklaces

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email
Courtesy of CBS Affiliate WTSP

Courtesy of CBS Affiliate WTSP

News Release: Associated Press News

LARGO, Fla. (AP) -- A man faces burglary and tampering charges after an X-ray machine revealed a dark mass near his stomach while he was being booked into jail.

Pinellas County Sheriff's officials say the mass turned out to be two necklaces stolen during a Dec. 10 burglary in Safety Harbor.

Twenty-one-year-old Joseph Ramos was arrested Dec. 11 when he was stopped for driving a vehicle that was stolen during the burglary. Various items from the home were inside the vehicle.

When Ramos was being booked into jail, he stepped on the SecurPass X-ray machine and the dark spot was identified as the necklaces.

He underwent surgery to remove the necklaces. The owner later identified the items.

Jail officials have been using the X-ray machine since June to detect items concealed on inmates.


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