A beekeeper has been arrested on guess of hidden thousands of beehives, value roughly $1m (£770,000), from Californian almond orchards.
Investigators contend they trust Pavel Tveretinov, from Sacramento, stole hives for some-more than 3 years.
Bees are a outrageous attention in California where they are rented out to pollinate almond trees and other profitable crops.
Mr Tveretinov, 51, was arrested on guess of possessing stolen skill and expelled on bail.
Detectives questioning a prolonged spate of thefts got a mangle in a box in Apr when a spill led them to an residence outward a city of Fresno, a Los Angeles Times reported.
There they found Mr Tveretinov in a beekeeper fit given to some-more than 100 hives. He was arrested when it became transparent that a beehives had been stolen.
Authorities think he had been hidden a hives during night, when a bees are dormant, and renting them out for cash.
Investigators in Fresno contend Mr Tveretinov is suspected of hidden 2,500 hives value about $875,000.
Thefts of beehives have turn increasingly common around a universe in new years.
In March, military in New Zealand suggested that 400 thefts had been reported over a 6 month period. The country’s sugar attention has been booming, with outrageous exports to markets in Asia.