Severed Digit at Crime Scene Lands Man in Jail

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Joshua Goverman (Photo Credit: CNN via KPHO)

Glendale, AZ (KPHO) — A finger left at the scene of an attempted theft pointed police to a suspect, and the fingerprint they obtained landed him jail, Arizona authorities said.

Joshua Goverman, 29, of Glendale, was attempting to steal copper wire from the work truck of an air conditioning technician on Oct. 7, Glendale police said.

The next morning, the technician found large spools of copper wiring had been pulled out 20 feet from his truck. As he walked to the end of the spool, he saw a finger tangled in the wiring, said Glendale police Officer Tracey Breeden.

Officers retrieved the finger as evidence and sent it to the Glendale Police Forensics Unit.

Technicians got a print from that finger and it led them to Goverman, who was missing a finger when police took him into custody about a week later.

Goverman claimed he lost the finger working on his car until he found out police had his missing digit now frozen and sitting in their evidence locker, Breeden said.

Detectives also found that Joshua had posted a photo of his hand with the missing portion of his finger on Facebook just before he was arrested.

Goverman was booked into Glendale City Jail on a misdemeanor charge of theft.

The copper wiring he was allegedly trying to steal was valued at $300.

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