Tom Selleck Accused of Stealing Truckloads of Water for His Avocado Ranch

Tom Selleck
Tom Selleck accused of stealing water for his ranch amid California's record drought Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images

Tom Selleck must really like his avocado toast. The Blue Bloods star has been accused by the Calleguas Municipal Water District of stealing water from a hydrant in Thousand Oaks, Calif., to keep his 60-acre ranch in Westlake Village alive amid California’s drought.

 

According to a complaint filed by the Ventura County water district, the Magnum P.I. alum allegedly trucked water from the hydrant to his ranch, where he grows avocados, more than a dozen times since 2013. The Los Angeles Times reports that Selleck and his wife, who have lived on the ranch for 30 years, are prohibited from using the hydrant’s water because their home is located in the Hidden Valley Municipal Water District. 

Selleck, 70, was reportedly ordered to stop trucking water in November 2013, but investigators report they’ve spotted a white truck filling up and trucking water to his ranch at least four times in March 2015. 

The county is seeking $22,000 from Selleck to pay for the private investigator they hired, and a court order which would keep Selleck from trucking water from the Calleguas district.

California residents are supposed to be cutting their water usage by 25 percent due to the record drought.  

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