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500-Pound Beehive Stolen From Outside Texas Restaurant

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HOUSTON (AP) – Some thieves might truly have sticky fingers after a 500-pound beehive was swiped from a garden outside a Texas restaurant.

Police say surveillance security video shows a truck pulling up before dawn Saturday near the Haven Restaurant, in Houston. Police believe at least two suspects loaded the box-style hive into the vehicle and drove away.

Chef Randy Evans says the thieves apparently knew what they were doing by taking the hive during rainy, chilly weather. He says bees are usually inactive during such conditions.

Evans says about 5,000 bees lived in the hive, worth an estimated $1,000. Honey made by the bees is used in some restaurant dishes. The insects also help pollinate fruit and vegetables in the garden.

Houston police on Tuesday did not immediately provide further information.

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