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ST. GEORGE – Area beekeepers are feeling the sting of theft and have come together to offer a reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible for tampering with their livelihood.
Frustrated with continuing instances of theft and vandalism, a group of southern Utah beekeepers is offering $3,800 to the public to help stop the repeated acts of thievery.
“You can’t sustain a bee business when you have to deal with theft because you’ll spend all of your profits to avoid it,” beekeeper Casey Lofthouse said.
Last week, Lofthouse, who also serves as the Washington County Bee Inspector, posted the $3,800 reward on his Facebook page following the discovery that some of his beehives had been tampered with and parts stolen. The reward is made up of the various amounts Lofthouse and other beekeepers have offered to help find the perpetrator.
“Stolen in southern Utah and Kolob Mtn. Please share and help us find the scum that keeps stealing our livelihood! This has to be someone capable of extracting the honey,” Lofthouse wrote.
“Several beekeepers have noticed boxes missing here and there, 4 or 5 honey supers, mini mating nucs with over 100 queens stolen this spring, misc equipment missing or tampered with. We do have game cameras on many of our yards.”