Tom Selleck Accused of Stealing Water in Drought

Actor allegedly had truck fill up at hydrant in California
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2015 1:25 PM CDT
Tom Selleck poses for a portrait in 2011.   (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)

(Newser) – Brace yourself for lots of Magnum PI jokes today: Tom Selleck has been accused of stealing water amid California's drought to keep his sprawling estate and avocado farm well-watered. The Calleguas Municipal Water District, with help from a real private investigator, accuses Selleck of sending a water truck to fill up repeatedly in recent years at a public hydrant, reports the Los Angeles Times. The truck then allegedly brought the water to the Sellecks' 60-acre ranch in Westlake Village, which is in a different water district.

Calleguas says it sent Selleck a cease-and-desist order in 2013, but his truck was spotted filling up as recently as March of this year. Among other things, the water district wants the actor and his wife to pay for the cost of its private investigator—$21,685.55 to be exact, reports E! Online. Selleck may now experience a modern California phenomenon: drought-shaming.

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