During California’s historic drought, Hollywood star Tom Selleck has been pulling water from a public hydrant to supply his ranch, according to a water district that is suing him in court.
Private investigators tracked a tanker truck pilfering water from a hydrant and hauling it to the Magnum PI star’s property in Westlake Village, according to a court complaint.
The Selleck ranch is more than 60 acres and includes an avocado farm.
The alleged water thefts occurred more than a dozen times over the span of two years, Calleguas Municipal Water District claims in the filing.
Representatives for Selleck did not respond to requests for comment from the Los Angeles Times, NBC News or The Washington Post.
The district, serving a large part of Ventura County, says it shelled out $21,685.55 for an investigator to determine that Magnum P.I.
The lawsuit comes after California communities were ordered to cut water use by 25 percent compared with 2013 levels amid a four-year dry spell.
The lawsuit was submitted to Ventura County Superior Court on Tuesday. 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.
In last March, the water truck was spotted on four days filling up at the same hydrant and delivering water to Selleck’s estate is also pointed out in the complaint.
Vigilantes have taken to filming outdoor water use around the homes of the rich and famous and posting videos online.