Severed finger leads to arrest of attempted copper theft suspect

GLENDALE, AZ - A severed finger left at the scene of an attempted copper wire theft has led to a Glendale man's arrest.

A man who works for an air conditioning company told police someone tried to steal copper wiring off his work truck parked in his home's driveway Oct. 7.

He says the spool of copper wire -- worth more than $300 -- had been pulled out about 20 feet from the truck and what appeared to be a cut-off finger was caught in the wiring.

"I'm guessing he got in his car and was driving down the street trying to pull it off the spool and it got snagged on the tire of this Subaru right here. When that wired pulled tight, it popped the finger off," said a neighbor who saw the scene.

Police retrieved the finger as evidence and forensic technicians obtained a latent print, which led officers to 29-year-old Joshua Goverman.

Glendale police arrested Goverman for theft but he was recently bailed out.

Goverman told detectives he lost part of a finger while working on a car. Police found a picture he had posted on Facebook of himself licking his severed finger a day after the crime was committed.

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