920x920As California’s drought has grown more extreme this year, so have efforts to obtain water — some now veering toward the criminal. Parched places like the East Bay hills have experienced not only an increase in water theft in recent months, authorities say, but a bump in brazenness. In San Ramon, for example, a construction crew hooked up hoses to a fire hydrant one day in September and began siphoning off water, even after being told not to, according to the Dublin San Ramon Services District. A district inspector found the crew tapping the hydrant and directed the workers to stop, officials said. The crew obliged, but when the inspector passed by an hour later, the workers had allegedly returned with their hoses. More