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Thomas the Rhymer BS: I Read it in the Newspaper (833* d) RE: BS: I Read it in the Newspaper 18 Jan 07

UPI international, today...

Would-be groom jailed for swallowing ring

DORCHESTER, England, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A would-be groom is in jail for 12 weeks for allegedly trying to get a free weeding ring for his future bride by swallowing it in a British jewelry store.

While visiting a jewelry store in Dorchester, England, Simon Hopper allegedly swallowed the ring, worth nearly $3,500, and was arrested for attempted theft, Sky News reported.

Hopper had been looking at rings with jeweler Fred Burgess, when he allegedly swallowed the ring while the other man's back was turned.

When Burgess asked where the ring had gone, Hopper responded by claiming he had already returned it to him.

Suspicious, Burgess contacted the police and only discovered the ring when one of the responding officers used a metal detector to search Hopper.

Burgess said the crime was one thing, but waiting the next few days for it to return to him naturally was another matter.

"He managed to hold on for four days but then the inevitable happened and I got the ring back," he told Sky News. "It's had several good cleans. I'm not sure I'll be revealing its background to the future buyer."

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