The Butte County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in finding beehives stolen from the Chico area in April.
The number of beehive thefts has increased in recent years, costing local beekeepers and the agricultural industry in Butte County tens of thousands of dollars, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. In an effort to combat the problem, the California State Beekeepers Association is offering a $10,000 reward to individuals who provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for the theft of beehives.
In April, the Sheriff’s Office received a report that approximately 150 small white queen nucleuses – miniature bee boxes used for raising queen bees – were stolen from the area of Highway 99 and Estates Drive in the Chico area. The boxes were marked with a brand containing unique identifying numbers associated with the owners. The numbers on the boxes and equipment are “42-14.” The Sheriff’s Office released a photo of boxes bearing the brand.
Anyone with information regarding this case or previous beehive thefts is asked to call the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 538-7671.
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