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Canadian police await return of diamond allegedly swallowed by thief

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WINDSOR, Ontario  -- This too shall pass.

Police are eagerly awaiting the return of a $20,000 diamond allegedly stolen and then swallowed by a thief at an Ontario jewelry store five days ago.

Sgt. Brett Corey told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation the unidentified man is being kept in a special cell without a toilet.

"We are monitoring his bowel movements, if you will," Corey said. "Our forensic identification people are the lucky ones who have to go through the waste to obtain the diamond once it passes."

The 52-year-old man allegedly first tried to switch the stone when a clerk showed it to him. But the alert clerk realized the gem he returned to her was a fake and police were called.

Security video shows the man swallowing the original stone, according to store's co-owner Dan Thomas, the CBC said.

Now it's just a waiting game, but with some questions about the future selling power of a stone that's been on such an arduous trip.

"You never know," Thomas said. "People might want it, saying, 'There's a whole story behind this diamond and I want it."

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