Not sure many of you follow the beekeeping news link:
X2. with the boxes standing they had a getaway. GIf i remember correctly back in the spring there was an article about a bunch of hives stolen out of the almonds. Those that stole the hives took them to a "chop shop" where they were removing the brands but also putting the frames and bees into already unbranded equipment to resell.. I'd say that in this case they had the woodenware to put the frames into already and wanted to turn an easy buck without arousing too much thought of why those boxes of bees dissappeared.. Gave them more time to get away with it..