Tom Selleck accused of stealing truckloads of water for California ranch

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Tom Selleck arrives for the "Late Show with David Letterman" at Ed Sullivan Theater on March 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)

VENTURA, Calif. — A lawsuit accuses actor Tom Selleck of stealing truckloads of water from a public hydrant and bringing it to his ranch in drought-stricken Southern California.

A Ventura County water district claims a tanker truck filled up at a hydrant on more than a dozen occasions and hauled the water to a 60-acre spread in Westlake Village owned by the “Magnum, P.I.” and “Blue Bloods” star.

Court documents dated June 30 say the Calleguas Municipal Water District spent nearly $22,000 to hire a private investigator to document the alleged thefts, which date back two years.

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.

Representatives for Selleck did not return messages seeking comment Wednesday.

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