There's been a rash of beehive thefts lately.
The price of manuka honey is soaring at the moment. So the bee industry is growing like crazy with lots of new beekeepers coming in to the industry to try and take advantage of the honey rush.
And this means the value of beehives is increasing too. A 2 box hive used to cost around $700 a couple of years ago, now its above $1000.
When anything becomes too valuable too fast, this is also an opportunity for less scrupulous people to take advantage also. Hence the increase in beehive thefts.