Woman accused of swallowing, pawning stolen diamond ring

Published: Monday, July 9 2012 10:06 p.m. MDT

SANDY — Charges were filed Monday against a woman who allegedly stole a diamond engagement ring by swallowing it.

Angela Hardman, 38, was charged with one count of retail theft, a third degree felony, according to documents filed in 3rd District Court.

An employee at Macy's located at 110 E. 10600 South told a police officer that Hardman asked to try on an engagement ring, which became stuck on her finger, the charges state. After using lotion to remove the ring, which was valued at $4,100, Hardman handed the security tag and a ring to another employee, who immediately noticed the ring was a different ring with fake diamonds, the charges state.

Hardman denied taking the ring and left the store before police arrived.

According to the charges, the investigating officer observed surveillance footage, which showed Hardman reach into her pocket and put her hand to her mouth before giving a ring back to the store employee. The officer contacted Hardman, who admitted to swallowing the ring and giving a fake ring to the employee, the charges state. 

According to the charges, Hardman told police she pawned the ring in Wendover for $600.

E-mail: benwood@desnews.com

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