TV cop Tom Selleck may or may not have improperly swiped precious water by the magnum, but he didn't commit a crime, real California cops told NBC News on Wednesday.
Selleck, the 70-year-old star of "Blue Bloods" and formerly of "Magnum, P.I.," and his wife, Jillie, were sued this week by the Calleguas Municipal Water District in Ventura County for allegedly sending a water tender — like the giant tanker trucks used to supply fire engines — to siphon off tankloads of water from a public hydrant at a construction site at least 12 times over the last two years.
The water district said in its suit that it hired a real private investigator who several times observed the same water tender leave the 61-acre ranch the fictional P.I. owns in the ritzy Hidden Valley area of Ventura County, which is in a different water district and was assessed last year at more than $10 million (and was once owned by Dean Martin).
The suit says the water district sent cease-and-desist letters to Selleck after its investigator spotted the truck at the hydrant eight times the week of Sept. 29, 2013.
But the truck showed up again in December of that year, and was tracked as it proceeded to Selleck's property, according to the suit.