Man coughs up stolen diamond ring
A man accused of stealing a ring coughed up the evidence while officers were questioning him in Missouri.
Pictures of the two-carat diamond ring worth about 20,000 dollars (£12,398) were sent to jewellers in the Joplin area after it was reported stolen when someone took the owner's purse from her car.
The Joplin Globe reported that the owner of Newton's Jewellery recognised the ring when a man and woman came to his store a few hours after the theft and said they wanted to sell it.
LT Newton and his staff stalled them and called police.
Police said the man swallowed the ring when officers arrived. While being questioned, he began to cough uncontrollably, eventually spluttering up the ring.
The man and woman were charged with receiving stolen property.