Holmes Beach bee colony of 1,000 stolen

June 30, 2014 

A woman’s life on Holmes Beach is a little less sweet these days after her colony of about 1,000 bees was stolen.

HOLMES BEACH -- A woman’s life on Holmes Beach is a little less sweet these days after her colony of about 1,000 bees was stolen.

“They're harmless. They are just busy, busy,” said Holmes Beach resident Peggy Powell. “They are just happy and they work together and they give us the wonderful honey.”

She started raising bees about a year ago.

“We would watch them and make sure that they were going OK,” she said. “I can't imagine the mindset that you would go in someone’s yard and steal them and that’s what happened to them.”

Powell said they were taken in the middle of the night June 6 along with beekeeping equipment by someone who knew what they were doing.

“You had to take the bees and you have to know how to handle them,” she said.

Powell said she is sad and still in shock about what happened to her bees. But right now she just hopes that whoever took them is taking care of them.

“Hopefully they use them and they didn’t kill them or anything,” she said.

Powell is now on her second batch of bees. She said her new bees are doing well. She hopes whoever took her colony will bring them back or love them as she did.

If you have any information please contact the Holmes Beach Police.

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