Man breaks into APS substation, shuts off power

Posted at 11:14 AM, Mar 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-07 13:14:23-05

Some Arizona Public Service customers lost power for a few hours two weeks ago. Thanks to court documents, we may have an idea of what happened.

Court documents show that in the late afternoon on Feb. 26, John Daniel Cooper, 27, allegedly broke into the APS power Distribution Center near 199th Avenue and Deer Valley Road.

The security company that monitors the facility for APS saw a man walking inside the facility and called the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies allege Cooper was seen shutting off circuit breakers, causing the power outages, and attempting to strip wires from power boxes. Deputies found him inside the facility and took him into custody.

APS said in records that the power station was shut down for a few hours and that Cooper caused around $10,000 in damage.

Cooper faces charges of burglary, criminal trespassing and criminal damage of a utility.