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Police watch suspect for ingested jewels

Nov. 17, 2010 at 4:11 PM

WASHINGTON, Pa., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Police in Pennsylvania said they are waiting to discover whether a man found to have swallowed two stolen rings also swallowed a pair of bracelets.

North Strabane Township police said three rings -- two ingested -- were recovered from Robert Spriggs, 53, after he allegedly stole them Saturday from his 81-year-old mother and he is now being observed at Washington County Jail to see if he swallowed any other jewelry, the Washington (Pa.) Observer-Reporter reported Wednesday.

"It is possible he may have ingested more than what we know," township police Lt. Dan Levi said. "Two tennis bracelets are also missing. We are in a holding pattern."

Police said Spriggs' cell at the jail does not have a flushable toilet.

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