An investigation is underway after after tens of thousands of litres of drinking water was stolen from a drought stricken community on the NSW Far North Coast.

Police say that between 8pm and 9pm on Monday December 9, a water tanker and a Toyota Hilux ute arrived at a location in Murwillubah, where they stole approximately 25,000 litres of drinking water.

Detective Chief Inspector Luke Arthurs saying he was shocked that someone would steal water at a time like this.

“Here in the Tweed/Byron Police District, every catchment area and LGA are in drought – and this kind of theft is not acceptable,” he said.

“Police will continue to investigate this incident and are pleading with anyone with information to contact us.”

Police would like to speak with anyone who may have CCTV or dashcam footage from the area at the time of the theft.

Level 2 water restrictions come into place for the area on Friday, December 13.