www.vcstar.com -- A private company that supplies water to parts of Camarillo, Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park is ramping up a campaign against water theft, saying the crime hurts water users as well as the company. Customers risk having their water contaminated when thieves take it, said Al Yanez, operations manager for California American Water. Yanez said a theft typically involves a construction truck attaching a hose to a fire hydrant and filling up a large tank that can hold as much as 5,000 gallons. Yanez said it takes about 20 minutes to fill such a tank as high-pressure water gushes out of the hydrant.
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