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POLICE: Louisville man accused of stealing from cemetery

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Jonathan Evinger (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Jonathan Evinger (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville man has been arrested after police say he stole scrap metal from a local cemetery.

According to an arrest report, the incident occurred shortly before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Police say an officer was flagged down by the manager of the Adath Jeshurun Cemetery on Preston Hwy., near Locust Lane.

The manager allegedly told the officer that a man had just stolen scrap metal from his cemetery.

Police found 29-year-old Jonathan Evinger in a blue van at a nearby Thorntons. According to an arrest report, he had a "large amount of copper and steel inside the van," worth $700. Police say he also had his 4-year-old son with him, sitting in the front seat without a car seat.

"The metals were directly behind the child in the vehicle, creating a risk for serious injury and/or death to the child," police say.

Evinger's license was also suspended, according to the arrest report.

When confronted about the allegedly stolen metal, police say Evinger told them "he took the metal because he was scrapping and didn't think it mattered."

He was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle on a suspended or revoked license, criminal trespassing, theft and wanton endangerment, according to the arrest report.

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