PAROWAN (News4Utah) – Beekeepers in Southern Utah are offering a $4,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever is stealing honey boxes.
The victims say it’s affecting their livelihood.
“They’re going in now and they’re taking the honey box off of the hive and so those can weigh up to 100 pounds. I mean you’re like $900 for every one of those that they steal, said Kim Lovell, the owner of Lovell Bee Farm in Parowan.
Lovell says he started beekeeping to help his family
“This pays for our kids’ future college,” said Lovell.
Lovell says the thief or thieves have stolen honey boxes, full hives, and even taken the queen bees at his farm and other bee farms throughout Washington and Iron County in the past three months.
“Without the queen, there is no hive. They lay about 2,000 eggs a day,” said Lovell.
Lovell says someone knows something, and multiple beekeepers donated to the $4,000 cash reward.
“It’s got to be another beekeeper. It’s someone who’s got the equipment because you’re not just going to take a box off a hive without getting stung,” said Lovell.
“We’re coming together as a whole, trying to catch whoever’s doing it. It’s affecting every single one of us in one way or another,” said Lovell.
Reports on the thefts have been made in Washington City, Hurricane, and both Washington and Iron County. The beekeepers offering the reward say if anyone has information, to call the police.