No, Tom Selleck Did Not Steal that Water

Tom Selleck bought the water that he used; it was legally his but people like to hate.

If a sitting judge will practice bias against a man for posing as a conservative, then you know the media will do the same to a conservative in spreading national hysteria against him. But all those headlines you saw were telling you an untrue story.

The Associated Press finally published a story I do not think will be as widely distributed: “Official: Water Tom Selleck accused of stealing was paid for.”

Water from a public hydrant that Tom Selleck has been accused of stealing from in dry California was legally purchased, an official said.

The Calleguas Municipal Water District in Ventura County sued the “Magnum, P.I.” star, alleging that a tanker truck filled up at the hydrant and took it to Selleck’s 60-acre ranch more than a dozen times in the past two years.

The district announced a tentative settlement with Selleck on Thursday.

Jay Spurgin, public works director for Thousand Oaks, said a construction company paid a fee to secure the rights to draw water from the city hydrant two years ago. About 1.4 million gallons of water were taken from the hydrant during that period.

“There was water used during that time, and it was paid for,” he said.

Construction firms and contractors can obtain special meters that allow them to haul water from hydrants for large projects. Companies can draw as much water as they need or sell it to a third party as long as they pay the monthly service charge and water bill, Spurgin said.

I’m curious why there was a “settlement.” Is that a way of saying they backed down? Or was their some obscure regulation that Selleck violated that allowed them to demand some pound of flesh?

It would be nice to gain clarity on this matter, but the story seems content to leave us confused. Still, since the water was legally purchased, and the purchaser never accused Selleck of stealing from them, then no theft took place.