Burglary/ Criminal Damage at Airport

Published by The Bee News

October 23, 2023

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BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. – October 23, 2023 – Bullhead City Police arrested Kurt James Baxter, 30, for committing burglary at the Laughlin/ Bullhead International Airport and cutting off the power to the air traffic control towers.

     On Saturday, October 21 at about 5:45 p.m., police were called to the airport, 2200 block of South Laughlin View Drive, for a report of a man who jumped over the secured fence carrying bolt cutters. For unknown reasons, the male suspect then cut off locks to several electric power panels and removed wires and electric fuses, causing a power outage to the air traffic control tower. When the airport security guard confronted the man, he took off running into the desert area prior to police arrival. A DPS Ranger helicopter assisted in the search of the suspect, but he was not located.
On October 5, a similar incident was reported at the airport where a suspicious male was outside the secured fence of the traffic control tower carrying bolt cutters. Several clear “No Trespassing” signs are posted around the commercial fence. Police contacted a local transient man named Kurt Baxter and he was arrested for an outstanding warrant. The airport security guard positively identified Baxter as the same suspect from the October 5th incident.
On Sunday, October 22, police saw Baxter in the area of Miracle Mile and Riverside Drive in Bullhead City. He was arrested for burglary, criminal trespassing at a critical public service facility, and felony criminal damage. He was booked into the Mohave County Jail in Kingman.

 

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