Sticky-fingered thieves have struck again. British police are looking for crooks who stole a hive full of hibernating bees last month.
The hive, which was taken from a community garden in Norwich, contained up to 60,000 bees, the Huffington Post reports.
According to Norfolk police, it would have taken at least two people to move the structure.
This isn’t the first time Britain has had to deal with bee rustlers. When the country’s honeybee population declined suddenly several years ago due to poor weather and pestilence, the black market trade in stolen hives exploded. Beekeepers, already stung by the shortage, were warned to protect their hives.
“The beekeeping world used to be like a Harry Potter underworld of beekeepers who all knew one another. To steal someone’s honeybees is like stealing their dog,” one woman told The Guardian.
A single hive can sell for about $300.