Stolen beehives located following search warrants in Western Bay of Plenty

Stolen beehives located following search warrants in Western Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty

Western Bay of Plenty Police have located thousands of dollars’ worth of beehives, following a number of burglaries in the area recently.

Yesterday Police executed a number of search warrants in relation to the burglaries, recovering several hundred beehives at a Waipapa Block Road address.

Several firearms and large amount of ammunition were also located at the address, including a semi-auto shotgun, a 7mm 08 rifle and two semi-automatic .22’s.

Around 80% of the beehives had their ID numbers removed, or had been disguised or repainted. 

“Currently beehives are valued around $600-$1,000 each, and to have a large number stolen is a huge loss for the owners,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Turner.

“We are pleased to have been able to locate such a large number of hives, and so far we’ve been able to identify hives stolen from three burglaries”

“We have noticed an increase in the number of beehive thefts, so we suggest keeping hives in paddocks away from public view, as well as using pressure pads, tracking devices, and outdoor surveillance cameras”.

Enquiries are ongoing in relation to the thefts, and Police would like to hear from anyone who may have information that could assist them with their investigation.

Anyone who notices any movement of beehives that doesn't appear to be by a beekeeping company is asked to please contact Police as soon as possible

Any information can be provided to 07 577 4300 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Issued by Police Media Centre