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    Default Stolen Hives recovered from arrested bee thief, not all boxes ID'd to owner.

    Roberta Verhoek reports that following the arrest of Antonio Catarino for the theft of the Verhoek hives in Texas, the Arizona yard of the alleged thief was inspected, and a large number of additional boxes were discovered. The owners and circumstances of these hives are not known, and police gave the Verhoek permission to share images of the un-identified stolen hives.

    Roberta Verhoek writes:
    Thank you to those who helped with recovery of our hives and equipment last month! When we recently inventoried our equipment, we discovered that there is equipment of other beekeepers at the same site ours was recovered from. The authorities have given us permission to share pictures. If you recognize any of the brands/information on the hives and have knowledge that the equipment should not be in Arizona, would you please share this with them so they can also recover their items.
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    Default Re: Stolen Hives recovered from arrested bee thief, not all boxes ID'd to owner.

    Man, that's allot of equipment. Hope it gets back to its owners, and the owner of the yard it was found in is prosecuted as well. !!!

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    Default Re: Stolen Hives recovered from arrested bee thief, not all boxes ID'd to owner.

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    More pix from the stock pile of the alleged hive thief, Antonio Diaz Catarino.

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    Default Re: Stolen Hives recovered from arrested bee thief, not all boxes ID'd to owner.

    It's ridiculous that the perpetrator is in custody, yet not being a useful source of info to find the hive owners. Bring back flogging.
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    Default Re: Stolen Hives recovered from arrested bee thief, not all boxes ID'd to owner.

    Quote Originally Posted by Oldtimer View Post
    not being a useful source of info to find the hive owners.
    I would guess it went something like,
    Were did you get the hives?
    - From a field
    which field?
    - Dont know/remember. I would drive around until i saw pallets of bee boxes and pick them up.

    Hanlon's razor - "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."

    As for finding the owners... I think id start with calling the number on the front of the box.

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    Default Re: Stolen Hives recovered from arrested bee thief, not all boxes ID'd to owner.

    Yeah well, in North Korea they would tell him the daily beatings might stop if his memory improved.
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    As a beekeeper and knowing Antonio I can say this post is crap not all details can be said until the legal process is done. But mr diaz will be vindicated once all this is done .many people are at fault it's a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. There is a reason why all the details don't add up. And the reason I am on this forum is to shed light on a case of a fellow beekeeper that is being stomped on like a bug by others who do not have any ethical standards.

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    Default Re: Stolen Hives recovered from arrested bee thief, not all boxes ID'd to owner.

    Quote Originally Posted by Honeyaz1 View Post
    the reason I am on this forum is to shed light on a case of a fellow beekeeper that is being stomped on like a bug
    Please go ahead...
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    Default Re: Stolen Hives recovered from arrested bee thief, not all boxes ID'd to owner.

    Please do.... and apparently, all the equipment has been moved again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honeyaz1 View Post
    As a beekeeper and knowing Antonio I can say this post is crap not all details can be said until the legal process is done. But mr diaz will be vindicated once all this is done .many people are at fault it's a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. There is a reason why all the details don't add up. And the reason I am on this forum is to shed light on a case of a fellow beekeeper that is being stomped on like a bug by others who do not have any ethical standards.
    As I write the post at 2:09 PM Pacific Standard Time on 15th December, 2018, Honeyaz1 has 2 posts listed and join date was March 2018. Somebody with a very low number of posts defending "somebody they know" on the forum is usually held very low in confidence and is highly suspicious. It happens often here on beesource, we've seen that before.

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    Antonio is being viewed as a beekeeper, yet not taking into account that he could actually be a broker and the supposed stolen bees could have been brought through a contract, and the beekeeper that agreed to send his hives with Antonio could have stolen them from the Texas beekeeper. Leaving the blame to Antonio, and with all eyes on him, the actual thieves are not facing justice. In this country it's innocent until proven guilty yet Antonio is being judged before an actual judgement.

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    Default Re: Stolen Hives recovered from arrested bee thief, not all boxes ID'd to owner.

    Yep, innocent until proven guilty.The same thing happened a little bit back where someone destroyed the guys 50 hives and didnt have insurance.A bunch on here insinuated it was done by himself just to get a bunch of money through a gofund someone set up for him.Well it turned out they caught some kids that had destroyed his stuff.Dont start blaming till you get proof.I have been tired of all the fake news being put out these days by "anonymous" "undisclosed" and old "unverified sources". All three of them go out and lie and spread fictional rumors.Gossip,gossip and gossip!!!

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    Default Re: Stolen Hives recovered from arrested bee thief, not all boxes ID'd to owner.

    Interesting disclosures here.
    1) The hives were being marketed for "cheap", and the so-called broker didn't know the hives were hot, give me a break.
    2) The accused didn't show for his preliminary hearing, "Failure to appear" warrant -- not an effective strategy for proving your innocence.

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    Default Re: Stolen Hives recovered from arrested bee thief, not all boxes ID'd to owner.

    It may not sound good but still doesnt prove he is guilty.Many things were pointed out on the case of the guy who had his hives destroyed and he definitely wasnt guilty.I have sold some cheap before when I was in a bind and mine sure wasnt stolen.This guy could of been an illegal who just headed back across the border to avoid prosecution or just because he was illegally in the states.Let the court figure it all out.Its not for us who have no knowledge of whats actually happening to make judgment.

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    Default Re: Stolen Hives recovered from arrested bee thief, not all boxes ID'd to owner.

    when there is smoke there usually is fire , it still sounds suspicious ,,( Deputies also learned that Catarino had allegedly been contracting the beehives for about $40 per hive.) he should have known that potato was to hot to handle and called the police, unless he was part of the scam ? I am just a arm chair detective so what do i know. When you buy something you better make sure it is not stolen !

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    Default Re: Stolen Hives recovered from arrested bee thief, not all boxes ID'd to owner.

    2- Is false. When did not appear in court? because I was there 3/6/2018

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    Default Re: Stolen Hives recovered from arrested bee thief, not all boxes ID'd to owner.

    I see Antonio Diaz in court 3/6/2018

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    Default Re: Stolen Hives recovered from arrested bee thief, not all boxes ID'd to owner.

    Antonio Diaz failed to appear at his pre-trial and bail review on 2/15/18 -- a warrant was issued, but held.

    The hearing scheduled for 3/6/2018 was continued until April 4th at the request of "party". I have no information if the lawyer hired by Diaz successfully encouraged him to make an appearance on March 6th for that then-suspended hearing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Honeyaz1 View Post
    Antonio is being viewed as a beekeeper, yet not taking into account that he could actually be a broker and the supposed stolen bees could have been brought through a contract, and the beekeeper that agreed to send his hives with Antonio could have stolen them from the Texas beekeeper. Leaving the blame to Antonio, and with all eyes on him, the actual thieves are not facing justice. In this country it's innocent until proven guilty yet Antonio is being judged before an actual judgement.
    Interesting to note your join date is March of 2018 and you only have 2 posts...seems fishy, and lacks credibility. We've seen this before here on Beesource with another thief / swindler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kilocharlie View Post
    Interesting to note your join date is March of 2018 and you only have 2 posts...seems fishy, and lacks credibility. We've seen this before here on Beesource with another thief / swindler.
    I think he explained that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Honeyaz1 View Post
    And the reason I am on this forum is to shed light on a case of a fellow beekeeper that is being stomped on like a bug by others who do not have any ethical standards.
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