A Yolo County jury on Friday, Feb 21, found Viktor Zhdamirov, 51, of West Sacramento guilty of stealing bee hives from commercial beekeeping company, Tauzer Apiaries. Tauzer Apiaries in Woodland found ransacked hives in two different locations, back in September of 2012. A total of 460 hives were damaged.
See commentary below in thread about genesis of contact between victim and perpetrator. (( Originally written as: Issue originated in a "turf dispute" about robbing bees in closely located yards in September, 2012))
Tauzer's hives were distinctively marked, making it easy for Tauzer and his employees to do their own investigation and track down the missing hives. They found the hives two days later, partially painted green, and mixed in with hives owned by Zhdamirov. Tauzer's brand markings on the hives were still visible, despite attempts to cover them with paint and putty.
Zhdamirov is facing a local prison sentence of up to three years and will also be required to reimburse Tauzer for the monetary damages he caused.
Sentencing is scheduled for April 4, before Judge Stephen Mock.
Details at: http://www.dailydemocrat.com/breakin...ento-bee-thief
similar article at: http://www.capradio.org/articles/201...stealing-bees/