Severed finger leads to arrest of a Glendale man

Severed finger leads to arrest of a Glendale man

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Evidence bag (Credit: @tyfox10) Evidence bag (Credit: @tyfox10)

Police using fingerprints to identify and catch a suspect is nothing new. But obtaining that fingerprint from a severed fingertip, left behind at the crime scene, that's a new one for most officers.

But it's exactly how Glendale officers solved a case.

Glendale police arrested 29-year-old Joshua Allen Goverman for theft after they say he left a big piece of evidence at the scene of the crime -- his severed finger.

Bill Bartcher, who works for an air conditioning company, is making sure his copper wiring is safe and secure on his work truck.

"Now it's inside a cabinet. It's all locked up now."

He's been a bit on edge after a bizarre event unfolded at his Glendale home just a few weeks ago.

This is what Glendale police tell us happened: this man, 29-year-old Joshua Allen Goverman, came to the house where he tried to steal the copper wire.

Somehow in the process of stealing the wire he got the wire caught around his finger, severing it right off.

He then took off, leaving the wire -- and his finger.

"He just left me a finger that's all crazy, absolutely crazy!" said Bartcher. "[When I saw the finger] I was like, wow, we got this guy. Called the police department. They came out, DNA, fingerprint, it had everything."

"They took it, they attached - interesting story - a popsicle stick to it and were able to roll it just like you would a normal fingerprint and they obtained a fingerprint off of it and got a positive identification," said Officer Tracey Breeden, Glendale Police spokeswoman.

Here is where the story gets even more interesting -- police found photos on Facebook of Goverman showing off his missing finger.

"When they asked him how he lost his finger he said he was working on a car when it got cut off."

Police say when they showed Goverman his missing finger, he changed his story -- and they booked him into jail for theft.

"Hopefully the guy learned his lesson."

That theft charge is a misdemeanor. Glendale police say that finger is still in their evidence room freezer.

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