Private Investigator Caught Tom Selleck Stealing Water In California

Derek Draplin Associate Editor
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Actor Tom Selleck, who played the iconic Magnum, P.I. in the 1980s TV series, has allegedly been caught by a private investigator stealing truckloads of water from a public hydrant in California.

On more than a dozen occasions since 2013, Selleck and his wife Jillie had a white truck haul water from a Thousand Oaks hydrant to their 60-acre ranch, according to a complaint filed Monday by the Calleguas Municipal Water District.

Per the complaint, the district spent nearly $22,000 on a private investigator to document the theft, according the the Los Angeles Times.

Selleck and his wife are barred from using the Thousand Oaks hydrant because their ranch — which includes an avocado farm — is located in a different district, the Hidden Valley Municipal Water District.

The  Calleguas Municipal Water District’s complaint comes in the wake of California’s drought, which has caused politicians to cut water use by 25 percent. In 2013, the district reportedly sent cease-and-desist letters to Selleck’s residence, the LA Times reports.

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The water district is seeking reimbursement for legal and investigative fees, as well as a permanent injunction to bar Selleck or related contractors from taking anymore water from the Calleguas district.

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