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Pinellas jail X-ray reveals necklaces inside suspect

TBO.com staff
Published:   |   Updated: December 17, 2013 at 06:45 AM

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A Clearwater man faces burglary and tampering charges after an X-ray machine at the jail revealed a dark mass near his stomach while he was being booked.

The mass turned out to be two necklaces stolen during a Dec. 10 burglary in Safety Harbor, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Joseph Ramos, 21, of 2225 Nursery Road, No. 40, Apt. 203, was arrested Dec. 11 when he was stopped for driving a vehicle that was stolen during the burglary.

Various items from the home were inside the vehicle.

When Ramos was being booked into jail, he stepped on the SecurPass X-ray machine and the dark spot was identified as the necklaces.

He underwent surgery to remove the necklaces. The owner later identified the items.

Jail officials have been using the X-ray machine since June to detect items concealed on inmates. The system can detect metals, pills, plastics, drugs, and other unusually shaped items that may be concealed on the inmate's person.

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