The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous reports over the past few months for beehive thefts. The theft of beehives has continued to grow over the past few years costing local beekeepers and local agriculture in Butte County tens of thousands of dollars every year. The California State Beekeepers Association has a $10,000 reward for individuals that provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for the theft of beehives.
There was a recent theft reported in April of 2015 when approximately 150 small white queen nucleuses (Miniature bee boxes used for raising queen bees) where stolen from the area of Highway 99 and Estates Drive in Chico, CA. These boxes were all marked with a brand containing unique identifying numbers associated to the owners. The numbers on the boxes and equipment are “42-14” as shown in the attached picture.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to call 530-538-7671 if they have information that might assist in the investigation of the previous beehive thefts or the current theft of the queen nucleuses. The public’s assistance is greatly appreciated and often the key to solving agricultural theft cases.