EUREKA (CBS/AP) — Water thieves have struck again in Humboldt County, this time forcing an elementary school to close.

Up to 20,000 gallons of water were stolen from a tank at Bridgeville Elementary School over Labor Day weekend. With no running water, the school was forced to close on Tuesday.

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Knight says investigators believe a truck was used in the theft.

The theft comes a month after 20,000 gallons of water were stolen from a community services district board in Weott, another Humboldt County community.

Knight says the two crimes do not appear to be connected, but authorities expect to see more water theft with the dry, warm conditions. Knight says authorities are concerned about potential fights over water related to marijuana cultivation.

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