Beehives Stolen from California Nut Grower

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Beekeepers have been struggling with a mysterious disease that's destroying their colonies. Now they have to fend off thieves. One California nut grower, who needs bees to pollinate his trees, says robbers stole 180 of his hives, costing him about $70,000.

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And today's last word in business is about a commodity that's becoming more scarce and therefore more valuable and therefore more vulnerable to crime. The word is beehives. Beekeepers have been struggling with a mysterious disease that's destroying their colonies. And now they have to fend off thieves.

One California nut grower who needs bees to pollinate his trees says robbers stole 180 of his hives, costing him about $70,000. Nut and fruit growers need bees during pollination season, but the cost of hiring a hive has jumped as high as 200 dollars.

And judging from the buzz out there - that's a quote from a local agricultural crime official, I didn't make it up - judging from the buzz out there, it looks like hive heists are on the rise.

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