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Men accused of Campbell water theft set to make court appearance

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The two men accused of using a tanker truck to steal water from the city of Campbell are scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday according to police reports.

Phillip Stratus and Leonard Villers are scheduled to appear in Campbell Municipal Court at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday to face misdemeanor charges of theft and tampering with city water services.

The men were arrested after police responded to a complaint of what might have been illegal dumping.

Once on scene both Stratus and Villers told police they were doing work for the city, but police say the claims were not true.

Campbell police chief Chief Andrew Rauzan and Sergeant John Rusnak say they want to know how long this has been going on after the theft was discovered.

“Through an investigation we found he had no work order, that he had privilege or permission from the city to take such water. At that time two people were arrested for theft of the water services,’ said Sergeant Rusnak.

President of Odyssey Environmental, Steven Grueber, tells 21 News his employees were not stealing water, but had authority to use the water since they were rebuilding and cleaning catch basins in the city. Grueber said, "We got the authorization from an administrator in the city."

The fire department reported there was a water line break earlier in the day near Wilson, the site of where the two men were using the hydrant. Police are investigating whether the hydrant break is due to the use of the hydrant.

Campbell's Fire Department says that when someone opens a hydrant too fast or closes it too fast, a line can break due to the pressure.

The men’s vehicle was towed as evidence.

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