'Lowlife ... Bee Rustlers' Steal $90K Worth of Honeybees

Suspects are still at large
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2017 5:05 PM CST
In this Sept. 20, 2016 photo, Clare Heinrich holds up a beehive in the backyard of her home in Urbandale, Iowa.   (Rachel Mummey/The Des Moines Register via AP)

(Newser) – Last month, Texas thieves made off with $90,000 worth of ... bees. A Danbury beekeeper says he discovered 300 of his honey bee colonies were missing from a cattle ranch on Dec. 17, the Houston Chronicle reports. Randy Verhoek's bees are typically unattended as they spend the winter on properties around Brazoria County. Verhoek, who calls the still-at-large suspects "bee rustlers" and "lowlife thieves," has filed a police report, and police are asking anyone who sees bee boxes branded with the letters "HHI" to get in touch. (Read more weird crimes stories.)

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