Police: Man accused of stealing scrap metal with young son present

Police: Man accused of stealing scrap metal with young son present

Jonathan Evinger has been charged with first degree wanton endangerment, second degree criminal trespassing, operating a vehicle on a suspended license and theft by unlawful taking.

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by Nicole Harrell

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 11:40 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Police arrested a Louisville man after they say he took scrap metal from a cemetery and placed the metals in a vehicle carrying his four-year-old son.

The manager of Adath Jeshurun Cemetery told police that a man had taken scrap metal from the cemetery without permission. Investigation revealed that Jonathan Evinger, 39, had a large amount of copper and steel inside his van.

According to a police report, the estimated value of the metal is $700. The report says Evinger told police he took the metal because he was scraping and he "didn't think it mattered."

The report says that Evinger had his four-year-old son in the van with him. The child was not in a car seat and was sitting in the front of seat of the van, according to the report. The metal was directly behind the child in the vehicle which created "a risk for serious injury or death to the child." Evinger's license was also suspended.

Evinger has been charged with first degree wanton endangerment, second degree criminal trespassing, operating a vehicle on a suspended license and theft by unlawful taking.

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