The orchards are abuzz with news that two men have been charged in multiple beehive thefts. In California, many almond growers rent beehives to help them pollinate their crops. A rash of beehive thefts have resulted in two men facing charges and who are likely preparing a criminal defense.
The stolen beehives are reported to have a value of over $200,000. Authorities suspected that someone was coming into the orchards at night and taking the hives while the bees are dormant, loading them on to flatbed trucks and relocating or reselling them. Most farmers in the area rent their hives from out-of-state apiaries. The thefts have been ongoing, and authorities have been investigating the case for months.
Authorities supposedly got a break in the case following one theft report, and found one of the two men charged in a beekeeping suit, tending to bees. Authorities claim that the men are responsible for the thefts, but the case has yet to be tried in court. Both men have been charged with nine felony counts of receiving stolen property. If convicted the men can face up to 10 years in prison.
Since the value of the beehives is so great, the charges against the two men may reflect that. When facing such serious charges, it is important to have a good criminal defense. Other California residents facing criminal charges may be thinking the same thing. An experienced, knowledgeable attorney can be one of the best tools for forming a criminal defense that helps to reduce or eliminate criminal charges.
Source: Los Angeles Times, "2 men charged in major beehive theft targeting Central Valley almond orchards", Veronica Rocha, June 23, 2017