We’ve been having an increasingly warm weather in the past few years, and it’s beginning to get out of control. Regardless of the reason behind the heat wave, it’s still going on throughout this winter, causing the warmest one on record and probably one of the country’s strangest illegal trends – stealing water.
- Ever since this summer, American citizens have been stealing water from public sources
- Tom Selleck was caught stealing water from a water hydrant using a tanker truck
- Vandals stole 400,000 gallons of drinking water from Florida, causing around $2,500 in damage
- 1,700 people were affected by the drinking water theft, having to boil their water
- Authorities are blaming the several consecutive years of draught throughout various states
Florida has seen the most recent acts of water based vandalism, as a group of individuals drove off with over 400,000 gallons of drinking water from Florida’s northeast Flagler County – from the Plantation Reserve Estates, to be more exact.
The theft surprisingly took place on Sunday afternoon, as the group of water thieves drove to the mostly undeveloped area of Plantation Reserve Estates and opened about 20 water lines, filling presumably a truck with the 400,000 gallons.
Authorities believe the theft took place between 3:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., and the affair cost the state about $2,500 in damages.
A ‘boil water’ alert was issued on Monday, with the authorities advising citizens to boil their water before drinking it due to its alternate source.
California, on the other hand, has seen some 4 consecutive draught years, heading most likely for its fifth, and that was overtly noticeable. For starters, water thefts have been reported year-round all throughout the state.
With the 25% reduction in water usage and the overbearing heat, it was inevitable that water would soon start being stolen.
Huge amounts of water, serving some 23 million California citizens, as well as millions of farm acres were stolen from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, while a number of Modesto citizens were fined for stealing water from a canal.
A fire department tank was also drained of hundreds of gallons water by a group of thieves in North San Juan.
But probably the best water thieving event took place last summer, as Tom Selleck, the famous Magnum P.I., was very ironically found by a private investigator to be stealing water from a hydrant using a tanker truck.
The actor was asked repeatedly to stop his forays into the town’s water supply, but his wife and he kept returning to the hydrant for over two years, stealing water dozens of times, until the state hired a private investigator to look into the missing water.