Tom Selleck accused of water theft
July 9, 2015
A Central Coast water district filed a suit Tuesday against Magnum PI star Tom Selleck, after a real private investigator discovered the actor allegedly stealing water from a public hydrant. [LA Times]
In the lawsuit, the Calleguas Municipal Water District in Ventura County claims a tanker truck filled up at a hydrant more than a dozen times and hauled water to a 60-acre avocado ranch between 2013 and 2015. The district paid a private investigator nearly $22,000 to discover who was stealing its water.
In 2009, Selleck garnered permission to take water from the public hydrant. However, several months later after the district learned about a law that bans transferring potable water outside a district’s boundaries and told Selleck to stop taking water from the hydrant.
“Our 630,000 customers are ripping out their lawns, drastically cutting back on the water they use,” said Eric Bergh, resources manager for the Calleguas Municipal Water District, to the LA Times. “The water that we have secured for them, that they have paid for, should remain in district boundaries.”
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