Saturday, August 10, 2002

Police await theft evidence

X-ray reveals ring, they say

By Sheila McLaughlin,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SPRINGBORO — This, too, shall pass. Or, at least police hope so in Sean Hargrave's case.

        The 30-year-old Dayton, Ohio man sits in the Warren County Jail, where authorities are waiting for him to produce the evidence — a diamond ring he allegedly stole from a Springboro home, then swallowed to avoid detection.

        Mr. Hargrave was arrested Tuesday and charged with theft and tampering with evidence after, police say, an X-ray showed the $2,500 three-quarter karat engagement ring in Mr. Hargrave's digestive tract.

        Springboro Detective Tim Parker said Mr. Hargrave adamantly denied the theft, but consented to the X-ray.

        Held in lieu of $12,500 bond, Mr. Hargrave is scheduled to appear in Warren County Court Aug. 13 for a preliminary hearing. Mr. Hargrave was at the Deer Trail residence Tuesday finishing up his carpet-cleaning job when the homeowner called police to report her ring missing, Detective Parker said.

        “He will produce the evidence,” Detective Parker said confidently. However, he noted that as of Friday evening, there was no movement in the case.


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