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  1. #1
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    Default Bees Stolen - Blythe , California

    In the early evening hours of Monday, January 27th , 32 colonies of honeybees were stolen from a location near Ehlers backwater on the river in the Palo Verde Valley - Blythe ,Ca. Just below what would be 30th avenue. These were palletized hives and were stolen with the thieves utilizing a skid- steer forklift towed behind a flatbed truck. The criminals had knowledge of beekeeping and were undoubtedly not from this valley. This is an open letter asking for anyone with any information to please come forward. Also , if any discarded beekeeping equipment ( boxes,frames,lids) is found to please let us know. The boxes were stencil painted with “Bradley Bees,Blythe,Ca, 760-922-2621” . As Beekeepers we rely on the general good of the public to not damage our equipment. When they are stolen by other beekeepers it is a slap in the face. Please contact Bradley Bees 760-922-2621 or Riverside County Sheriffs with any information.

    I'd also like to further add for this board that a reward is available for information leading to the arrest of these individuals. For my Imperial Valley guys please keep an eye out on your end.

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    Default Re: Bees Stolen - Blythe , California

    So sorry to hear that my old friend. I hope you find them; we will keep an eye for you.

    Aurelio (Leo) Paez; DBA Michas Honey House

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    Default Re: Bees Stolen - Blythe , California

    Doubt they will be showing up around here but I will keep my eyes open. Sorry.

    Maybe its about time where we all make a couple of "moves" where the id of the Boxes and other equipment could not be altered very easily.

    My advice is to get yourself a deep branding iron and start laying real hard on any and all new equipment. Secondly never sell a darn piece that is branded. Run it into the burn pile first. That way anyone who has your brand has got a lot of "splanen" to do... A little paint on the side of a box with your name is little conciliation when the paint roller passes over the top.

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    Default Re: Bees Stolen - Blythe , California

    These were not my hives. They were an Uncle of mines. Some of the frames were branded. and some of the boxes were branded from an operation that they had been bought from. There are some promising leads. They passed my entire operations staged to be loaded when they stole these. Scum.

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    Default Re: Bees Stolen - Blythe , California

    What about all those police camera's on the traffic lights. You would think they could put that tech we paid for to use. Not like a truck of bee's would stand out on the footage.

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    Default Re: Bees Stolen - Blythe , California

    Good luck catching these slimeballs. The stealing this year is getting out of hand. Will keep an eye out in the north.

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    Default Re: Bees Stolen - Blythe , California

    Quote Originally Posted by bradley_bee View Post
    please keep an eye out on your end.
    we will do that.
    NUTRA-BEE feed supplements

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    Default Re: Bees Stolen - Blythe , California

    Not to change the subject but does anyone know what happened to the citrus trees west of Blythe on the south side of hwy 10?

    Just curious.

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    Default Re: Bees Stolen - Blythe , California

    Im not from California so I probably wont bee any help to watch for them. I am sorry this happened to you. Stealing is just so wrong on any level. I surely hope you catch these thieves...

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    Default Re: Bees Stolen - Blythe , California

    Sorry to hear about this. I had a yard of bees stolen a few years ago and never found them. Hope they find the thief.

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    Default Re: Bees Stolen - Blythe , California

    This is one time where having an unusual hive design would be helpful. If the boxes were square instead of rectangles, they would have to destroy them instead of painting. I agree with others that some form of RFID and/or gps locator system would be very useful.
    DarJones - 44 years, 10 colonies (max 40), sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 11 frame broodnest, small cell

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    Default Re: Bees Stolen - Blythe , California

    Quote Originally Posted by beesohappy View Post
    Not to change the subject but does anyone know what happened to the citrus trees west of Blythe on the south side of hwy 10?

    Just curious.
    They went bankrupt. The property has been bought but the new owners decided those citrus trees were not profitable. I've heard wild stories from solar panels , to date trees , to alfalfa going up there. I hated to see them shut the water off. I kept a beeyard just below them...

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    Default Re: Bees Stolen - Blythe , California

    They were not beekeepers that stole the hives...they were THEIVES! (Experienced)

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    Default Re: Bees Stolen - Blythe , California

    there are infrared cameras that e-mail photos or video available.you can get the cameras cheap,less than the cost of a hive,,but in rural areas a 'hotspot' is required which means a $3-500 phone with this capability then monthly service fee for the cpl months needed.walmart has no contract internet plans &the cams[budget grade]

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    Default Re: Bees Stolen - Blythe , California

    It sucks! I can only suggest using SPOT GPS tracker next time. Probably best $100 spent for a commercial bee keeper. You can tape it to the bottom of one of the hives or under the cover. The update rate is not terribly high on those things but you don't really need minute by minute updates anyway. It is satellite based, so no need for cell coverage. I think you can set up geofencing with those too, so as soon as your hives start moving you will get notified.

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    Default Re: Bees Stolen - Blythe , California

    Quote Originally Posted by ArtSmart View Post
    It sucks! I can only suggest using SPOT GPS tracker next time. Probably best $100 spent for a commercial bee keeper. You can tape it to the bottom of one of the hives or under the cover. The update rate is not terribly high on those things but you don't really need minute by minute updates anyway. It is satellite based, so no need for cell coverage. I think you can set up geofencing with those too, so as soon as your hives start moving you will get notified.
    http://www.findmespot.ca/en/index.php?cid=111

    The service plan for that device on the above link. When you consider the amount of assets your protecting. If you had 10 devices (1 for each yard if you have 10 yards) with a plan for each, your only looking at 500+ dollars a year on the unlimited tracking plan.

    Sorry to here about the theft, hope they catch the bastards.
    Will Gruenwald Chilliwack BC

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    Default Re: Bees Stolen - Blythe , California

    Man I Hate that makes me sick. Hope you get them back

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