Arrest after search warrant in Hastings

Arrest after search warrant in Hastings

Eastern

This morning, Hawke’s Bay Police executed a search warrant at a Hastings address, and have arrested a 41-year-old male.

He was due in Hastings District Court today facing charges relating to the large-scale theft of honey and associated products, including allegedly receiving approximately $40,000 worth of honey.

Beeswax, a shotgun, and ammunition were also located during the search.

Senior Sergeant Mike Stevenson, of the Eastern District Command Centre, says Police recognise the impact that thefts like this can have on hardworking business-people and our local community.

“While investigations remain ongoing, Hawke’s Bay Police are pleased to be able to hold this male to account.”

Karin Kos, Chief Executive of Apiculture New Zealand, says today’s arrest was a good outcome and sent a clear message that the Police were taking honey and beehive theft seriously. 

“Honey and beehive theft has become a growing issue for New Zealand beekeepers over the last few years, with the total value of these thefts estimated in the millions. It’s devastating for those beekeepers targeted by thieves and we’re pleased to see the police make this significant arrest.”

Ms Kos says Apiculture New Zealand and Police have been working together to address the issue, including improving intelligence at a national and regional level, as well as educating beekeepers on actions to help keep their honey and hives safe.

Police encourage anyone with information related to the theft of honey to contact Police through their local Police station, or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Issued by the Police Media Centre

Media note: Karin Kos of Apiculture New Zealand can be contacted for interview on 0274 379 307.