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Beesource member JWChestnut has been following the cases of several hive thieves. Here are two, including the one mentioned in your article.

https://www.beesource.com/forums/sh...rrested-bee-thief-not-all-boxes-ID-d-to-owner

https://www.beesource.com/forums/sh...ested-for-stealing-120-hives-Fresno-County-Ca

I think the number theives is small, but the number of hives stolen by them is quite large. There should be a special place in the seventh level of Hell for these guys, right next to the rapists and animal abusers.
 

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What a shame. That's something I guess I hadn't thought about yet. But I see marking your hives is a good idea.
But maybe instead of flogging for these guys, punishment of ten thousand stings
 

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I am guessing that the days of a beekeeper drooping off his hives in cali and then not staying with them through out the pollination contract are coming to an end. Or you will be forced to hire guards. Some of the trail heads that we used to leave our trucks and horse trailers have gotten so bad that hiring guards is the only way to insure that your equipment will be there when you get out of the back country. pollination price will have to go up to reflect the new reality when enough bees are stolen.
 

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The publicity of these few crimes will only lead to an increase in this sort of thing happening. Monkey see, monkey do. This same story has popped up on Reddit, and various facebook posts that I have seen. If the dispersion of the story is that widespread it will have no doubt reached more than a few dimwits that will think there is money in stealing hives. What a shame. I hope these clowns at least got a few stings.
 
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