PD: Man breaks into buildings at 3 South Mountain broadcast towers

Posted at 2:15 PM, Jul 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-13 14:51:11-04

A man is accused of breaking into buildings at the base of three transmission towers on South Mountain.

Phoenix police report that on July 6, they arrested 29-year-old Julio Cesar Herrera near 7th Street and Broadway Road. 

Police say fingerprints link Herrera to three burglaries late at night on March 27.

Herrera reportedly broke into buildings at the base of three transmission towers at South Mountain. 

The towers are owned by KPHO-TV, KYOT-radio and the city of Phoenix. 

Police say there were no employees at the properties at the time. 

A surveillance video allegedly shows Herrera stealing a jacket and manipulating levers and switches. Herrera also managed to turn off the tower lights on the 343-foot KPHO tower. 

Upon his arrest, Herrera allegedly told police that at the time, he was high on methamphetamine and angry and he went up there because "people were flashing lights at him."

He has been charged with burglary and criminal trespassing.