You don't.Moving one of my hives is such a pain in the ass, I can't even imagine what stealing $200,000 worth of hives even looks like. The article even mentioned a case where someone stole over a million's worth. How do you do something like that without heavy equipment?
did you have a deal in writing? maybe the new owner did not know whos bees they were, more likely they leaked the deal and worked a gig out with someone at the max confuzion time. Could file a small claims court deal , or lawyer up.I had someone come in and steal 20 hives and 100+ super from one of my yards with in the last 2 weeks. The yards was only two miles away from the shop. I called the sheriff and he give me a case #. I called the land owner and she told me the wood had sold. Been trying to get ahold of the new land owner and they won't return any of my calls. They closed on the wood on 6-2-2020 and the bees was gone by 6-13-2020. 40 some years and haven't had anything like this happen before.
Middle of the night, likely full moon, clear. In and out in 30 min or less ,,time there increases detection. Toss a mesh over the lot of them, down the road to a pre determined place, out of the way, screened by trees etc. arrive pre dawn. do splits into their "own" painted boxes by noon, load those on a different truck the next night. truck one more stint the next night. Burn the original boxes and top and bottoms. Have the bees 100s of miles away in new wood with in 24 hours. May even use closed refer trucks to keep them out of sight.Exactly what they do.
No one serious in this business is monkeying about moving hives by hand one-by-one on a back seat.
In fact, a clear warning sign with "monitored by hidden cameras" just might keep someone away.........
somewhat hidden trail cams can help.....
Hi Roland,Grey Goose - Hmmmm... you seem to know WAyyyyy tooo much about how to steal hives.
Ron Householder: If the new owner sold them, talk to your lawyer about "Squatter's rights" We had a yard that changed ownership after 50 years, and the new owner made us sign-off on squatter's right. Never had a written agreement in 160 years.
very similar happened hereThey closed on the wood on 6-2-2020 and the bees was gone by 6-13-2020. 40 some years and haven't had anything like this happen before.