With the economy down, scrapping is becoming more and more popular as a way to earn a little extra cash. Copper prices have been on the rise–and so have copper thefts. But these aren’t easy crimes. Lately, the news has been flooded with stories of the hazards of copping copper.
In the past few months there have been at least three other major copper injuries. A man in Joliet, Ill., was electrocuted trying to steal copper when he cut a live wire. A man was electrocuted trying to steal copper wire from poles at the old zinc plant in Palmerton, N.J. It’s only been a few years since two men in Dallas got the shock of their lives when they tried to cut cupper out of a live 13,200 volt wire. They were burnt to a crisp. (No link there, because we’re very sensitive.)
This week in Arizona, police followed an unlikely clue to catch a man who stole a spool of copper wire from a truck: The copper crook’s severed finger. Seems it got caught in the wire and he left it behind.
Glendale, Arizona, police were hot on the trail of a man who stole $300 worth of copper wire from an air conditioning truck on Oct. 7. The pool of wire was left about 20 feet from the truck. The finger was caught in the wiring.
Well, that finger pointed right to 29-year-old Joshua Allen Goverman. Forensic technicians fingerprinted the finger. 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.” The found a match. Goverman was booked on suspicion of theft.