The weather reaches 90 degrees, the sun sets later in the evening and your utility bills seem a bit higher. The AC is almost always on and you frequent the shower after a long day under the sun. Yup, it’s officially summer. If you live in Southern California, you know that we’re facing a severe drought here. Each day the media and city officials are telling you to conserve water, and if you are caught wasting it, you’re in for a $500 fine. Since water is scarce in California, some are trying to double up their supply. Take the great Magnum PI actor Tom Selleck, who was accused of stealing truckloads of water from a fire hydrant and was subsequently under investigation by an actual PI.
Last week, The Los Angeles Times broke the news after the Calleguas Municipal Water District filed a complaint against the veteran actor. The report says that on multiple occasions between 2013 and now, a white truck was seen loading up huge amounts of water at a Thousand Oaks public water hydrant and delivering it to Selleck’s 60-acre luxurious ranch in Westlake Village. As of now, a spokesman from The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department says the matter is a civil action. They were unable to find any criminal charges to prosecute the mustachioed actor. In 2009, Selleck and with five others were granted permission to load up trucks from a water hydrant in Lake Sherwood. However, Calleguas Water District says that the actor is not allowed to fill up from in their district because his property is located in the Hidden Valley Water District.
The Calleguas Municipal Water District spent nearly $22,000 to pinpoint the water crime that the Magnum PI actor allegedly committed. Shortly after the news blew up and spread like wild fire, NBC reported that the Hawaiian-print-wearing actor settled out-of-court for an undisclosed amount with the Calleguas Water District. So if you live in SoCal and see a white truck near a fire hydrant, maybe take a second look at who’s driving. For better or worse, you might get an autograph out of it.