Suspect vandalized electrical equipment at Sky Harbor International Airport

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(Source: Sky Harbor International Airport) (Source: Sky Harbor International Airport)

The Phoenix Police Department is searching for the person responsible for damaging some electrical equipment inside a secured area at Sky Harbor International Airport earlier this week.

According to Sgt. Jonathan Howard, it happened Monday between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m.

“The damage initiated a service report but did not interfere with any airport operations,” Howard said. “The damage was discovered when technicians responded to assess the trouble indicators.”

Officers were called to the scene and launched an extensive search for the suspect but did not find anything.

The secured area the suspect broke into is located on Old Tower Road between Sky Harbor’s south runway and the Salt River.

Howard did not elaborate on exactly what the suspect did or what kind of equipment was damaged, nor did he have a description of that suspect.

We requested surveillance video from the time of the incident, but Howard said none was available.

Sky Harbor International Airport, dubbed America's Friendliest Airport, has about 1,200 daily arrivals and departures making it one of the 10 busiest airports in the country. More than 120,000 passengers pass through its three terminals on any given day.

In 2015, Sky Harbor saw more than 44 million passengers and its three runways accommodated 440,411 landing and takeoffs.

While the airport is owned and operated by the City of Phoenix, it is self-sustaining, which means no local tax dollars are used. Revenue from the shops and restaurants in the terminals, along with money from parking, taxis and car rentals, fund the airport.

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