May 5, 2015 12:55 PM by News Staff
The theft of beehives is gaining the attention of the Butte County Sheriff's Office after more than150 bees were stolen late last month.
The sheriff's office says they have received several reports over the last few months, and the thefts have dramatically increased over the past few years.
Crop growers in Butte County and around the state count on bees to pollinate fruit and nut trees. The ongoing thefts have cost beekeepers and growers tens of thousands of dollars.
The most recent incident was reported in the area of Highway 99 and Estates Drive when thieves stole 150 small white queen nucleuses (Miniature bee boxes used for raising queen bees). The numbers on the boxes and equipment are "42-14" as seen in the picture above.
The Butte County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to call 530-538-7671 if they have information that might assist in the investigation of the previous beehive thefts or the current theft of the queen nucleuses.
Additionally, the California State Beekeepers Association is offering a $10,000 reward for individuals providing information that leads to the arrest and conviction of beehive thieves.
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