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CLEARWATER, Florida (Reuters) -- A would-be jewel thief who swallowed a 1.5 carat diamond ring has been forced by nature to give up the evidence, Florida police said.

A Clearwater Police Department spokesman said Wednesday that Mary Flowers, 38, was arrested last week after a surveillance tape showed her putting the $20,000 ring in her mouth at a jewelry store in a mall.

Flowers denied swallowing the ring until an X-ray showed it was inside her.

She was kept under observation in a jail cell until the ring passed through her digestive system late Monday.

Flowers has been charged with grand theft with bail set at $5,000. Police are keeping the ring until the case is completed.

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