Bizarre Copper Theft Case Shows Need For Metal Theft Protection Act

Another case of metal theft, once again showing the need for the federal Metal Theft Protection Act.  What makes this case strange is the suspect left a key piece of evidence behind.

Police in Glendale, Arizona were called to help an air conditioning employee who noticed a spool of wire, worth about $300, had been pulled from his truck and left on the ground about 20 feet away.

A severed finger was caught in the wiring.

Police retrieved the finger, and had forensic technicians match the fingerprint to 29-year-old Joshua Allen Goverman.



Goverman was taken into custody, and during questioning he told police he hurt his finger while working on his car.  Police then informed Goverman that they had the rest of his finger in their evidence room.

The Metal Theft Prevention Act has been at a standstill since last summer, when the committees assigned to it passed it to the full House and Senate for a vote.  That vote has not happened. If it passes, the Act will make it more difficult for thieves to sell their scrap metal at metal yards. This bill will supplement existing state laws against metal theft, not supersede them. NAED is a strong supporter of the Metal Theft Prevention Act. 

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