Info sought on low act

Beehives are marked with a distinctive registered brand.

Opportunistic thieves have once again demonstrated that with the region going through a devastating drought times of crisis bring out the worst in people.

A local beekeeper who placed hives on a local rural property just outside of Warwick several months ago found they had been stolen last week, evidenced by tyre marks showing a larger vehicle – presumably with some kind of crane mechanism – had been at the location.

Around 50 individual hives and bees were stolen, with each hive typically worth around $200, or up to $350 in a good season – all up around $10,000 worth of the beekeeper’s livelihood has gone.

Hives are marked with a registered brand much the same way as livestock so the ability to sell the boxes themselves for a quick buck is limited.

The beekeeper concerned has told the Free Times and the Warwick Police they will consider a reward for any information on the stolen hives. Contact the Warwick Police on 4660 4444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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