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.
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