A $5,000 reward is being offered by a Muldrow bee keeper for information about the theft of 50 hives and their occupants.
J.D. Hill of Hilltop Gardens in Muldrow said on the night of June 4th-5th 40 hives were stolen from one of his yards, and three weeks earlier 10 hives were stolen. Some of the hives, like the one above, were simply knocked over and broken.
Hill said there is a person of interest in the case but nothing definite.
“It would take three to four grown men to take that many hives,” Hill said, adding, “And you’d have to be a professional beekeeper to do that.”
Hill said he doesn’t want to estimate how much his loss is, because bee theft is more common due to a dwindling bee population. He did say that bee hives produce about $2,400 in revenue every two weeks. That does not include the amount of money earned by the hives which are leased out to farmers for crop pollination.
Hill said he has many more hives, but does not want to release how many and where they are “because of this,” theft. He said, “The loss of this yard will be a large part of my income.”
Anyone with information may contact Hill at email@example.com.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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