Medical staff at York Hospital found a surprise when they conducted an X-ray on a Spring Grove area man who was involved in a crash in Heidelberg Township in December.
The X-ray showed that Christopher Martin Scheller Jr., 19, of no fixed address had "an abnormality in his rectum" that turned out to be a cache of illegal drugs and stolen jewelry, according to a news release issued by Southwestern Regional Police on Tuesday.
Police found a bag of synthetic marijuana, drug paraphernalia, four bracelets, four necklaces and 11 women's rings in his rectum, police said.
Finding stolen items inside a person's rectum was a first for Officer Mike Matthews.
"I don't think I've ever dealt with that before," Matthews said.
Scheller at first didn't want the booty removed, but eventually gave medical staff permission to pull it out, police said.
Charges: Scheller, who turned 19 on Monday, is charged with theft, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI, reckless driving and other charges, police said.
His bail was set at $75,000 when he was arraigned Tuesday, according to court records.
He remains in York County Prison on unrelated charges, police said.
Scheller was driving east on Old Hanover Road in Heidelberg Township when he lost control of the car and crashed into a tree near Pine Drive on Dec. 1, police said.
Matthews happened upon the crash and called for an ambulance that took Scheller to York Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The find: The officer suspected the crash was DUI related and went to York Hospital to speak with Scheller.
Matthews was walking past a room where medical staff were examining the X-rays and learned they found something unusual.
At first Matthews said he suspected they found drugs inside of Scheller. He didn't expect them to have found jewelry and drug paraphernalia as well.
"It's definitely unusual," Matthews said. "Not my first thought what he was hiding there."
While investigating the "strange occurrence," Matthews found that Scheller stole the jewelry from a Heidelberg Township home where he was staying, police said.
The car Scheller was driving at the time of the crash is owned by the homeowner, Matthews said.
Police believe Scheller hid the jewelry and drugs in his rectum as the officer was approaching the crash.
Court records don't list an attorney for Scheller.
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