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Sunday, November 3, 2013

CSI SUNDAY: Severed Finger Points Coppers To Copper Thief

Today's CSI SUNDAY spotlight proves (again) that some criminals are stupid and some criminals are unlucky ... and some are a combination of the two:

That would obviously describe 29-year-old Joshua Goverman perfectly -- on the evening of October 7th the would be petty thief was inexpertly attempting to abscond with a spool of copper wire when his fingers got caught in it.

During the botched burglary and ensuing struggle to free his hand, he inadvertently lost one of his digits, taking a moment to photograph the grisly spectacle for Facebook before hastily leaving the severed finger behind at the scene entangled in the wiring.

When the owner of the spool returned in the morning he spied the young man's mangled fingertip in a snarl of copper wires and called the police.

"It was caught on the tire here and I went to the sidewalk," he said. "And that's where I found the finger on the end."

CSI detectives arrived, retrieved the severed finger and promptly sent it for forensic analysis and fingerprinting.

"They took a popsicle stick and were able to attach it to that finger, and they were able to roll that finger and get a print..."

Which then led to the arrest of the now nine-fingered Joshua Goverman a week later.

The estimated value of his bungled copper haul would have been no more than 300 dollars. 

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