News Release

June 13, 2017
Vandals Cause Power Bump for Some PNM Customers

Incident Caught on Surveillance Recording, APD investigating


Albuquerque: PNM has determined that vandalism caused a momentary power fluctuation on June 10, 2017 that affected customers in several areas. PNM is working with law enforcement to identify whomever intentionally damaged electrical equipment, which resulted in an interruption lasting approximately half a second.

It is important to note that PNM systems immediately normalized the flow of electricity and there were no serious effects from the interruption. Customers may have experienced blinking lights or had to reset appliances.

The incident happened around 11:45 pm. PNM security systems showed a suspect approaching a substation. All photographic evidence from PNM surveillance systems are being evaluated by law enforcement. 

We will continue to assist police with the investigation and expect to vigorously pursue prosecution of any suspects.

Tampering with electrical equipment or facilities is not only a crime, it can be extremely dangerous. If you see suspicious activity going on in or around PNM equipment or facility sites like our substations, solar farms, etc., always notify the police by calling 911.

PNM has partnered with Crime Stoppers and will be offering a reward of $1,000 to anyone who can give authorities information that leads to the arrest of the vandals. Call 505-843-STOP to report a tip related to this crime.

With headquarters in Albuquerque, PNM is the largest electricity provider in New Mexico, serving more than 500,000 customers in dozens of communities across the state. PNM is a subsidiary of PNM Resources, an energy holding company also headquartered in Albuquerque. For more information, visit