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2023 CA Hive Theft List

January 30th, 2023 by

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Aidan Merriam – Fresno County

Stolen: 60 Hives, Merriam branding

Location: Parlier area of Fresno County

Contact: Fresno County Sheriff Office at 599-600-3111



James Steinbrugger – Five Points, CA

Stolen: 408 hives, BWB branding  

Location: Five Points, CA

Contact: James Steinbrugger, 909-723-7366, offering reward for information






Scott Brown – Fresno County

Stolen: 32 Hives, FULTON branding

Location: Mountain View Ave near De Wolf in the Caruthers area

When: Mid March

Contact: Fresno County Sheriff Office at 599-600-3111







Bob Brandi – Madera County

Stolen: 64 Hives, branded with ROBSON and D.ROBSON

Location: Madera County

When: Between February 1-7, 2023

Contact: Bob Brandi at 559-284-4715













Hiatt Honey – Madera, CA

Stolen: 110 hives, brand is wa-6

Location: Madera, CA

When: Early February

Contact: Chris Hiatt, 559-232-2494, Madera County Sheriff’s office, 559-675-7770








Brock Ashurst – Delano, CA

Stolen: 9 hives stolen and others vandalized, marked with Fairview Honey on the side and a bee stenciled on the front

Location: South of Delano, Schuster and Melcher Rd

When: February 3, 2023

Contact: Brock Ashurst, 760-427-0464








Coalinga, CA

Stolen: 200 hives, yellow lids and pallets
Location: Coalinga, CA, Fresno County
When: Late January/Early February
Contact: Fresno County Sheriff Office at 599-600-3111 or Cory at







South of Fresno

Stolen: 160 Hives
Location: South of Fresno, West Lawn and Nebraska
When: First week of February
Contact: Fresno County Sheriff Office at 599-600-3111, reference Bob Felker case #23-1308










S.P. Godlin Apiaries

Stolen: 84 hives, white boxes with “S.P. Godlin Apiaries” on the side, as seen in photo.

Location: Kings County, CA

When: January 25th, 2023

Contact: Steve Godlin, 559-804-8680, Kings County Sheriff’s office, 559-584-9276









Wildfire Season – Commercial Livestock Disaster Ag Pass

May 31st, 2022 by

As wildfire season quickly approaches, we encourage beekeepers to reach out to their local county agricultural offices to inquire about trainings available for Commercial Livestock Disaster Ag Passes and Disaster Preparedness Training. These Ag Passes help permit commercial livestock operations to gain entrance into evacuation zones. Each county may have different trainings and requirements; however it has been reported that counties in the North State are coordinating to have passes and trainings accepted across counties. Again, please check with your local agricultural offices to confirm requirements for your county.

Upcoming Trainings:

Placer-Yuba-Nevada Ag Pass – June 4th

Training – Saturday, June 4, 2022, from 9am to 1pm at the UC Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center in Browns Valley, CA.

Program overview – 

Registration – 

Amador County Livestock Pass – June 10th

Training – Friday, June 10th, 2022, from 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM at 12200-B Airport Rd, Jackson, CA

Registration – Amador County Livestock Access Program Application – 2022 (

Modoc Ag Pass – Date TBD, sign up for notifications at link below

  – Modoc Overview – 

  – Notification Sign up – 

If you are aware of any other trainings, please reply to this email so that we can share those with other members.

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February 1st, 2022 by

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WestRiver Honeybees – Orland, CA 
Stolen: 8 frame supers with cleats at the top of the super. Blue stenciled “WestRiver Honeybees” on the boxes, WR is branded into white pallets and lids. Flats are lid style and some new ones have ¼ rim for bee space.
When: February 24th/25th between 6 PM and 7 AM
Location: Road P and 30, Orland, CA
Contact: Bradley Hall, 530-774-7172








Hive Theft – KES Madera County

Stolen: 48 hives stolen off of Road 23 and avenue 17 in Madera. 10 frame story and a half equipment. Hives, pallets and lids are branded KES. All pallets are oil dipped and lids are bright yellow with patty rim. They could have yellow hive bodies, blue, salmon/pink or purple with mostly white shallow supers.

When: Early February

Location: Madera County, Road 23 and Avenue 17

Contact: Madera County Sheriff’s Department, 555-658-2555









Hive Theft – UBees – Fresno County

Stolen: 72 hives stolen from the area of James and Belmont Avenue in Fresno County. Bee hive boxes are either labeled with “Ubees” or “B&M Apiaries”. 90% of his bee hive boxes are also branded with the number “1-961”.

Location: Fresno County, area of James and Belmont Avenue.

When: Between 1/20/22 and 1/28/22

Contact: CSBA at or Rural Crime Task Force at







Hive Theft – Steven Baker – Butte County

Stolen: 68 hives stolen from the area of W. Hamilton Rd and Highway 99 in Bigg’s in Butte County, CA. The hives were removed by hand and the pallets were left behind. “ST Baker” is branded on the frames and hive boxes.

Location: Butte County, W. Hamilton Rd and Highway 99 in Bigg’s

When: 2/8/22

Contact: CSBA at or Rural Crime Task Force at







HIVE THEFT: Madera County, CA 

160 double deep, white hives on 4 way pallets. The stencil is Browning’s Honey. They were stolen from an orchard on Avenue 7 and Road 21 in Madera county California.

If you have any information on them please contact Zac Browning (701) 320-6942











HIVE THEFT: South Valley Farm, North of Bakersfield, 1/29/22


Message from Joseph Taylor via Commercial Beekeepers Facebook:

144 hives stolen from South Valley Farm North of Bakersfield over the weekend. The hives belong to my Brother in law and his family. The hives are a mix of olive green and white boxes. They are stenciled with T & D Honey. The lids are mostly flat and heavy with a full 3/4 inch rim around the inside….Law enforcement was notified and a police report filed. Commercial Beekeepers however has several thousand members, most of whom are currently in California driving through orchards working their own bees. While caring for your own bees please keep an eye open for equipment that matches that which was stolen this weekend. Thank you.

HIVE THEFT: Tauzer Apiaries Bee Hives Stolen from Hopland, CA 

**Update: These Hives have been recovered**


February 23rd, 2021 by














On February 17th, 40 hives were stolen near Lodi, CA. The hives that were stolen have the following markings:

    • Valley Honey Company stenciled on boxes or VHC branded on boxes and some frames.
  • Happie Bee Company or CA Brand #CA0330333H
  • Brands: 12-164 and 12-097

This mixture of boxes/brands is due to Valley Honey Company purchasing boxes from Happie Bee Company. Paperwork proof is available.

If you have any information, please call Lucy Knoefler at 209-663-9046.