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Stolen Diamond Found In Woman’s Large Intestine

Posted: Sep 17, 2015 at 12:02 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The good news for the Chinese visitor to Bangkok was that a doctor had successfully removed a foreign object from her large intestine that could have damaged her digestive system.

The bad news: It was a 10 million baht ($278,000) diamond the woman was accused of stealing from a jewellery fair, adding a piece of rock-hard evidence to the case against her.

Police Col. Mana Tienmaungpak said on Sunday that authorities got to the bottom of the theft when a doctor wielding a colonoscope and the medical equivalent of pliers pulled the six-carat gemstone from the large intestine of the woman alleged to have filched it, after nature and laxatives failed to get it out.

The woman and a Chinese man were arrested on Thursday night at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport on their way out of Thailand on the basis of surveillance video from the fair just outside Bangkok, where earlier that day the duo allegedly switched a fake stone for the real one after asking to inspect it. The dealer at the booth selling the diamond also identified the two.

The suspects initially denied involvement, but X-rays showed a diamond-like object in the woman’s intestine, and police said she then confessed.

Mana, the chief investigator for the case, said the woman agreed to Sunday’s delicate operation after being told that the gemstone risked injuring her. The diamond’s owner identified the stone after it was removed.