Copper thief pointed out after finger is cut off at crime scene

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Joshua Goverman's mugshot. (Courtesy: Glendale Police Department)

GLENDALE, Ariz. – A man who works for an air conditioning company discovered someone had tried to rob him earlier in October, but as he got to the end of an extended copper spool, what he saw was even more surprising. A man had tried to steal copper wiring valued at $300 from the worker’s truck, but had a finger cut off in the middle of the theft. The thief fled without the copper and without all 10 of his fingers.

The Glendale Police Department stated in a release that an officer retrieved the finger as evidence and its forensics unit was able to obtain a latent fingerprint. That print matched up with 29-year-old Joshua Allen Goverman.

When Goverman was located by police, they observed he was missing a portion of his left ring finger. Goverman claimed he had lost it while working on a car. He relented when police showed him the missing portion of his finger.

Officers also said that Goverman didn’t do himself any favors by posting a picture of his new hand to Facebook (Also: In a Facebook comment he mentions the finger got caught in a fan belt while helping a friend of a friend). He was arrested and booked on a misdemeanor theft charge.

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