Scottsdale PD: Man 'donkey kicks' elevator, leading to $22K in damage

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(Source: Scottsdale Police Department) (Source: Scottsdale Police Department)
(Source: Scottsdale Police Department) (Source: Scottsdale Police Department)

The Scottsdale Police Department is trying to identify a suspect who "donkey kicked" an elevator at the Galleria parking garage, ultimately causing thousands of dollars in damage.

The man entered the public elevator at the Galleria garage near Scottsdale and Camelback roads at 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 15, according to police. 

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 or call 480-312-TIPS(8477).

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