An X-ray showing the diamond ring in Wilfredo Gonzalez’s stomach.
A home repairman faces felony theft charges and up to three years in prison for swallowing a homeowner’s diamond ring while on the job.
Wilfredo Gonzalez-Cruz, 30, of Chicago allegedly downed the ring to try and hide it from the owners of the house he was working on, according to Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
Prosecutors say Gonzalez was remodeling a home on Friday in Cicero when he asked to use the bathroom. After, a homeowner noticed her diamond ring was missing. She told her husband, who confronted Gonzalez, who denied taking the ring.
The two began to struggle, according to Alvarez, and Gonzalez took the ring that he had hidden on himself and swallowed it.
Police showed up and took Gonzalez to a local hospital. X-rays of Gonzalez’s stomach showed he swallowed the ring, prosecutors said.