- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Actor Tom Selleck is accused of stealing truckloads of water from a public hydrant and having it delivered to his 60-acre California ranch.

The Calleguas Municipal Water District said in a complaint filed Monday against Mr. Selleck and his wife, Jillie, that since 2013, a white truck has been filling up at a Thousand Oaks hydrant and hauling the water to their Westlake Village ranch, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Calleguas said the water truck was spotted as recently as March 2015, filling up at the same hydrant and delivering water to Mr. Selleck’s estate on four separate days, despite a cease-and-desist order the district sent to the “Magnum, P.I.” actor in 2013.

The water district said it spent nearly $22,000 to hire a private investigator to monitor the alleged theft, The Times reported.

Mr. Selleck is barred from using water from the hydrant because his property is located in the Hidden Valley Municipal Water District, Calleguas said.

The water district is seeking a preliminary and permanent injunction barring Mr. Selleck from taking water from Calleguas, The Times reported.

The complaint comes as extreme drought grips 70 percent of California. Gov. Jerry Brown announced on April 1 a mandatory 25 percent reduction in water use statewide. In June, the governor said he personally decided to cut back on showering and drinking water.

“Drought-shaming” has become a social media trend in the state, with users posting photos of their neighbors’ lush lawns or other “wasteful” uses for water.

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