Sgt. Ben Hoster said the suspect "donkey kicked" the doors several times and then "front" kicked the elevator control panel, destroying it.
The suspect was able to force open the elevator doors and leave the area before officers could contact him, Hoster said.
The elevator was damaged to the point that it was inoperable, with an estimated repair cost of $22,000.
The suspect is described as a white male, 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, with short, light brown hair and a receding hairline. He was wearing ripped jeans and a black T-shirt and was carrying a black sweater.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Scottsdale Police Department at 480-312-5000. Anonymous tips can be left at www.Tipsoft.com or call 480-312-TIPS(8477).