Unbeelievable! Thousands of bees that were stolen from a Cornish country estate in an audacious heist have fled their captor and returned home by themselves
- More than 400,000 bees stolen in five hives – with local beekeeper suspected
- Yet despite the bold theft the bees have started going home of their own accord
- Asst. keeper Kathrin Barnes: ‘If bees are moved less than a mile they go back’
- Beehives are heavy and tricky to transport, suggesting theft was by an expert
Thousands of bees which were stolen from a Cornish country estate have returned by themselves after apparently fleeing their captors.
More than 400,000 of the insects were stolen in five hives – and the culprit is believed to be another local beekeeper.
They were stolen from Tresillian House in an audacious heist – with the culprit’s tyre tracks in the grass as the only evidence. Police said they believed the hives were being stored locally, but now the bees have started to return of their own accord.
Assistant beekeeper Kathrin Barnes said the bees were being put into a new hive as they returned. She suspects the rest are nearby and hopes all of them will return to the estate in St Newlyn East.
Around 400,000 bees were stolen in five hives – and many are returning home (file image)
She said: ‘There are so many that it indicates they are nearby and on their way home.
‘If bees are moved less than a mile away they go back to where they were before. They will probably all come back if they are chasing after a smell, that’s our hope.’ The five hives were taken between 6pm on June 11 and 6am on June 12. Head beekeeper Guy Barnes said he has been left ‘stressed and emotional’ by the theft. He said each hive contained 80,000 bees and removing all five would have required expertise and a large vehicle.
Guy also believes it must have been carried out by another beekeeper as beehives are heavy and tricky to transport and handle.
He said: ‘It might have been for the money, but I don’t know. Unfortunately my gut feeling is it’s another keeper.’
Beehives are heavy and difficult to handle, suggesting a rival beekeeper was responsible (file)