Nearly 100 hives, stolen from a California orchard; bee-keeper says to the thief, to buzz off

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The local police are investigating the theft of close to 100 it should be — each reported holding more than 50,000 honey bees — in an orchard, in the northern part of California.

A beekeeper and an owner of Pottsy you Know, Mike Potts, said the units, which can be used to pollinate the almond trees, located just south of Yuba City, were discovered missing on Jan. 17.


Potts estimated that the attack on the 92, the hives — about a third of its operation — it would cost him about $44,000 in revenue.

“The hives were moved, the pallets are in the background, were all, in principle, they were put down, and she pulled all the cabinets from the pallets,” he said.

He also told KCRA-TV it was “very frustrating” for him.

“It’s hard enough to keep the bees alive without someone to steal from them,” said Potts.


Potts, who is based in Oregon), it is stated that one of the other beekeepers who have lost bees, which are responsible for the theft, as well as the earlier theft. In view of the weight of the boxes, and the boxes that they house, and he believed that the culprit could be the use of a truck to drive them away.

The boxes are light gray and are labeled with an “MP” logo on it.

“I would like to have in order to catch them, and I don’t think many of the beekeepers here, and they are on the look out for them as well,” he told KCRA. “This will affect the farmer, but also because there is a shortage of bees. Fortunately, I have enough to cover what I was doing, or what we have lost. However, the influence of the farmer and it affects the farmers, and all the way into Oregon and Washington as a result of the loss of the bees.”


Orchard operators is to hire a beekeeper, such as Potts — who has 15 years of experience — and the supply of honey bees to pollinate their plants.

According to the Los Angeles Times, it will take about a year for the hive to grow to full capacity and, like the bees, in the face of external threats, of the mite infestation, the beekeepers have to constantly adapt to the changes.

“If you are a good beekeeper, you have to do that,” said Potts. “If you’re not, are you going to steal from them.”

The Sutter County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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