SRP water pumps vandalized in Phoenix metro area

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PHOENIX -- Someone has been vandalizing Salt River Project water pumps and a reward is being offered to help solve the crime.

Since January, there have been 24 cases of vandalism and criminal damage to SRP water pump stations around the Valley.

Most of the sabotage attacks have been in the East Valley, including Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert and Mesa. Other attacks have occurred in Glendale, Peoria and Phoenix.

"The damages curtail or hamper the Salt River Project's operations at these sitess," said Sgt. Darren Burch, who is with the Phoenix Police Department and Silent Witness. "Each one of these sites is unmanned, they're secured with a padlock, and a person or persons unknown have been coming into these sites for the purposes of sabotaging the water-pumping mechanism."

The damages are between $2,000 and $3,000 per incident, totaling approximately $50,000.

The damage appears to be consistent in each case, leading investigators to believe the same suspect or suspects are committing these crimes.

The cases remained non-violent until Feb. 22 when a female SRP employee was physically assaulted at the facility located at 3626 E. Thomas Road in Mesa. There is no suspect description.

Burch said police have exhausted their leads and are asking for the public's help to solve these crimes.

Silent Witness and SRP are offering a reward of up to $6,000 for information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the suspect or suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.