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Iowa Boys Kill Bees: 500K Die in Snow After 50 Hives Kicked Over

Iowa Boys Kill Bees: 500K Die in Snow After 50 Hives Kicked Over

Stock photo of dead bees in the winter. (Dreamstime.com)

Friday, 19 January 2018 08:52 AM

Two Iowa boys have been arrested and accused of killing bees after vandalism at a honey business resulted in the destruction of roughly half a million bees.

The Sioux City Journal reports Wednesday that police arrested the boys, ages 12 and 13, on felony charges of criminal mischief, agricultural animal facilities offenses and burglary. The boys also were charged with the aggravated misdemeanor possession of burglar tools.

Their arrest followed the December vandalism at Wild Hill Honey, where owners found all of their 50 hives had been knocked over, killing at least 500,000 bees. Damage was estimated at $60,000.

The operation wasn’t insured, as companies typically don’t offer beehive coverage. However, people have donated tens of thousands of dollars, and owners Justin and Tori Englehardt say they will rebuild their business.

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Sioux City police have arrested two boys in connection with vandalism at a honey business that resulted in the destruction of roughly half a million bees.
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