5,000 Honey Bees Stolen

Haven Restaurant has their own 500-pound bee hive – make that had. Thieves stole the large hive one morning recently with a pickup truck in less than two minutes. The Houston establishment estimated their hive was worth about $1,000. Honey produced by the hive was used in the some of the restaurant’s dishes. The head chef also grows vegetables in a small garden in an adjoining space. The bees were pollinating those plants and lemon trees.

The head chef said he believed the thieves were knowledgeable about bees because they arrived on a cold night, which is exactly the time when bees are most docile. The fact they were able to snatch the bees and get away so quickly, even though the hive is 500 pounds, indicates they were well prepared. Losing the bees is a very unfortunate turn of events, because the owner was providing fresh honey to his customers while taking care of bees during a time when they are struggling.

If you know anything about the Haven bee heist, please call the restaurant at (713) 581-6101.

Bee thefts are not that uncommon. In 2011 a high-profile case took place in the UK where thousands of bees were stolen from a $3.3 million dollar research project. Bees and honey were also stolen in the same year from a Maryland woman.

Beekeeping is one of the oldest forms of food production, and may have been done even in 13,000 BC.

Image Credit: Kadri Puna

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86 comments

Terry V.
Terry V.3 years ago

noted

Sonya Armenia Redfield

Very Sad

Val M.
Val M.3 years ago

Hope the bees are returned

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago

Teresa C. is right.

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley3 years ago

Considering the scarcity of bees, and their importance in nature, bee-theft should be a felony if it isn't already.

devon leonard
Devon Leonard3 years ago

I'm sorry for the greed of others, large and small alike, is heart breaking ... I was interested to learn that bee keeping was going on in and around 13,000 BC............! Love it..!!! Love honey..!!!!! Save the Bee's...!!!!!!!

Debra Griffin
Debra B.4 years ago

Your kidding. People are seriously sick! Hope you get your need return soon & safely
Good luck

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.4 years ago

very sad

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson4 years ago

Thanks for article, I'll be making one as I know how important our bees are. I have half a teaspoon in my green tea. I heard from a TED talk in California that if we lost all our insects the planet would die. If we lost all the humans the planet would florish. That's pretty intense. I also found out that Austalia imports bees to America because they lost there's to a disease or something.
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