Severed finger points Glendale police to theft suspect [Graphic images]

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A severed finger left at the scene of an attempted theft led Glendale police to the suspect.

A man who works for an air conditioning company told police that someone tried to steal copper wiring off his work truck, which was parked in the driveway of his home, on Oct. 7. The wiring was valued at more than $300.

He told police that a copper spool had been pulled out about 20 feet from his truck and he saw what appeared to be a cut-off finger caught up in the wiring.

The responding officer retrieved the finger as evidence. Forensic techs obtained a latent print off the finger and the suspect was identified as Joshua Allen Goverman, 29, of Glendale.

Detectives located Goverman about a week later and took him into custody.

Detectives saw that Goverman was missing a portion of one of his fingers, according to Glendale police spokeswoman Officer Tracey Breeden. They also found that he had posted a photo of his hand with the missing portion of his finger on Facebook prior to being arrested.

Goverman told the detectives that he lost his finger while working on a car.

"That version slightly changed when Joshua observed the other half of his finger, now residing in the Glendale Police Evidence Room," Breeden said in a news release. "You might say Joshua's finger had its own version of the story to tell and pointed Joshua directly to jail."

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