A 44-year-old painter from North Carolina is accused of stealing a diamond ring in New Hampshire, then swallowing it to sneak it away.
Kenny Narron of Richlands is charged with theft and falsifying evidence. Doctors had to get the one-point-two carat ring out.
Police say the ring had been hidden under a mattress in a home in Merrimack that Narron had been hired to paint last month.
Narron also is charged with stealing some medicine from the home.