A dark mass near the stomach is two necklaces from a Dec. 10 burglary in Safety Harbor. They were revealed when Joseph Bravo Ramos, 20, passed through The RAD PRO SecurPass Whole Body X-Ray Scanner at the Pinellas County Jail. The system can detect metals, pills, plastics, drugs and other unusually shaped items that may be concealed on the inmate’s person.
Joseph Bravo Ramos
CLEARWATER – A Clearwater man was charged with one count of burglary and one count of tampering of physical evidence after a scan at the Pinellas County Jail detected necklaces near his stomach.
Joseph Bravo Ramos, 20, was arrested Dec. 11 in connection with the Dec. 10 burglary of a private residence in Safety Harbor. Various items were taken including the victim’s vehicle. Clearwater police made the arrest after learning that the vehicle Ramos was driving had been stolen.
According to Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives, during the booking process, the Ramos was asked to step on to the SecurPass Scanner. During the scan, the x-ray photo revealed a large dark mass near the suspect’s stomach area. Upon further investigation, the object was identified as necklaces that Ramos had swallowed prior to entering the jail.
Ramos was transported to a local hospital and underwent surgery to remove the two necklaces from his stomach. Once the necklaces were removed, detectives took them to the victim who positively identified them as her own.