Authorities say a New York man suspected of using stolen credit cards to buy expensive jewelry tried to hide some of the evidence by swallowing a diamond ring.

The Ontario County Sheriff's Office says 33-year-old Rahkeim Scarlett of Troy used a stolen card on Feb. 11 to buy a Rolex watch and diamond earrings worth nearly $30,000 at a suburban Rochester jewelry store.

Deputies say that before he left the store, it was discovered the credit card had been reported stolen. Scarlett allegedly fled but was founding hiding in snowbanks on the mall property.

Police say that while he was in custody, Scarlett swallowed a diamond ring that was among jewelry he bought elsewhere with stolen credit cards. He passed the ring several days later.

Scarlett's public defender isn't commenting.