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LASD - Lancaster Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
Thursday May 20th, 2021 :: 07:54 p.m. PDT


Lancaster Station teams up with CHP & CA Department of Fish & Game to combat water thefts in unincorporated area: nets 4 felony arrests.

For the past few weeks there has been a high influx of water theft in the east county area where Lancaster Station patrols. The water being stolen is being used to irrigate illegal marijuana grows. Per Public Works, if the pressure gets to low, the fire hydrants are at risk and additionally potable drinking water can be compromised. 

These water thieves are using almost any type of vehicle/containers they can to transport the stolen water such as large tanker water trucks, water cubed containers within backs of beds, trailers with water tanks. It’s common that these vehicles are traveling on public roadways, with drivers who are typically operating the vehicle either out of class for the commercial truck being used, with expired registration or without valid proof of insurance.          

Yesterday afternoon, Lancaster Station teamed up with the California Department of Fish and Game and CHP for a joint agency operation to combat these thefts. 

 LASD personnel arrested four people for conspiracy to commit a crime, cultivation and transportation of marijuana, transportation of marijuana for sale and illegal possession of a firearm. LASD personnel also impounded and/or stored 32 vehicles and the California Highway Patrol impounded and/or stored 16 vehicles. All of the vehicles towed were being used to transport water, marijuana, or materials used to cultivate marijuana.  



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Lancaster Sheriff’s Station polices the City of Lancaster, Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, and the unincorporated communities of Antelope Acres, Lake Los Angeles, and Quartz Hill in the Antelope Valley.


Ali Villalobos

Lancaster Sheriff’s Station

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

501 W Lancaster Boulevard

Lancaster, CA 93534

Station (661) 948-8466

Desk (661) 524-2154


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LASD - Lancaster Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
501 W Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534

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Non-emergencies: 661-948-8466

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