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Beehive stolen from outside Houston restaurant

March 13, 2012 at 1:02 p.m.
Updated March 12, 2012 at 10:13 p.m.


HOUSTON (AP) — Some thieves might truly have sticky fingers after a 500-pound beehive was swiped from a garden outside a Houston restaurant.

Houston police spokesman Victor Senties (SEN'-tees) said Tuesday that nobody has been arrested.

Surveillance security video shows a truck pulling up before dawn Saturday near the Haven Restaurant. Authorities believe at least two people loaded the box-style hive into the vehicle and drove away.

Chef Randy Evans says the thieves apparently knew what they were doing by taking the hive during rainy, chilly weather. He says bees are usually inactive during such conditions.

Evans says about 5,000 bees lived in the hive, worth an estimated $1,000. Honey made by the bees is used in some restaurant dishes, plus the insects help pollinate the garden.

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