I just heard from a deputy sherrif locally that a local beekeeper (I hate to use that word to describe a crook) was convicted of hive theft in our local courts Tuesday. Apparently, the case has been investigated for a couple of years. The man admitted no wrong doing after stealing hives placed on a third parties land, painting over brand and/or stencils, and re-stenciling his name on the hives. The deputy told me he had not yet been sentenced, but the deputy figured he would get about four years.
It is nice to know that justice is working sometimes in beekeeping thefts.