SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (WLUC) - Bees and hives were stolen from beekeepers in Chippewa County last month, and the owners are still looking for the culprit.
According to several posts on the D & S Beekeepers Facebook page, four hives were stolen from their 9 Mile Road location on late on Thursday, May 23 or before 3 p.m. Friday, May 24.
Owner, Dane Wallis, told TV6 he originally thought maybe a bear disturbed them when he saw the hives missing from the roadway, because the four were randomly taken from the nine total in that location. But, he quickly realized they were stolen when he walked out to the hives with his daughter on May 24.
Wallis said the four hives were starter hives and had about 10,000 bees per hive. He said by fall, the each box could have up to about 60,000 bees.
The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office has been involved since the theft was originally reported May 24.
Wallis said they've had multiple tips, and was grateful for that, but nothing credible has come out of them so far.
There is now a $1,000 reward for information leading to the suspect(s) arrest.
If you have any information, please contact Detective Douglas Mitchell at 906-635-6388 or submit a tip using the Sheriff's App. To download the app, search “Chippewa County Sheriff” in the iTunes App Store or Google Play.