From: Joe Traynor <joemtraynor@xxxxx>
Date: Sun, Jan 19, 2014 at 12:56 PM
Subject: stolen hives
Last night (1/18) several hundred stolen hives were located by a fenced compound on the west side of Weedpatch Hwy (Hwy 184) about 1/10 mile north of Panama Lane.
Many of the hives were in the process of having ID marks sanded off with some frames being transferred to orange boxes (a chop-shop operation).
All the stolen colonies were double-deeps (no shallow supers).
Chip Vannoy, Joe Romance and Jerry Stoddard hives were found there.
Some believe that the hives were gathered to fill an order from a grower(s) that wanted bees at cut-rate prices. Most or all of the hives were likely taken from stockpile sites in Kern County. One person was arrested, another released. For more info, contact Joe Romance (661)549-0292 or <JPRomance@aol>
Subject: Victim locates $40,000 worth of stolen beehives
Details: Details: On 1/18/14 Deputies from the Lamont Substation were dispatched to 6124 Panama Lane for the recovery of stolen bees. During their investigation, Deputies learned GABINO JORDAN PENA, age 32, was in possession of approximately 256 beehives in boxes and several other empty beehive boxes. The beehives were ultimately determined to be stolen from United Honeybees. The value of the beehives was estimated at $40,000. The beehives were recovered by United Honeybees and GABINO JORDAN PENA was booked into the Central Receiving Facility for PC 496(a), possession of stolen property, PC 537(e), possession of stolen property with altered identification marks, and PC 135, destruction of evidence. PENA’S bail was set at $15,000. The Rural crime Investigation Unit conducted follow-up investigation and located additional victims. The investigation is on-going. Anyone having information on this incident is asked to contact KCSO Detective Casey Brunsell at 661-392-4370.