Watch out! Thirsty thieves in California


spigotThings are getting rough for Californian residents who didn’t prepare for a drought. It’s come to this in thirsty California:

MILPITAS (KPIX 5) — Police are warning for businesses and residents to start locking up their taps. California’s drought has gotten so bad, people are stealing water.

Thieves busted the locks on the spigots at a popular Asian shopping center on Barber Lane in Milpitas, just to get their hands on what has become liquid gold.

Palo Alto resident Jason Zhur said he’s shocked it has come this far. “But water’s becoming more expensive than gas,” he said.

Police say the thieves waited until the businesses were closed and returned in the middle of the night to steal their water — and lots of it.

Witnesses saw 3 or 4 water bandits prying open the small boxes that house the spigots. Then they filled up large containers with hundreds of gallons of water.

The businesses discovered the theft after the property owner noticed a much higher water bill and told them.

“It’s an easy target,” said shopper Sara Tang, “because no one is here at night after they’re closed.”

Many businesses have surveillance cameras, but water thieves don’t care. Police haven’t made any arrests in connection with the case, and they suggest people purchase screw-on spigot locks to prevent thieves from stealing water.

One example of the screw-on spigot locks police are advocating for looks like this:


It’s made by Keyed Alike, can be found at and goes for $25.96.