Missouri man arrested, accused of stealing beehives

A hive of bees, Photo Date: March 20, 2011 Photo: Thangaraj Kumarave / Flickr / CC BY 2.0 via MGN

NEW CAMBRIA, Mo. (KTVO-TV) -- Police in northern Missouri have arrested a New Cambria man accused of stealing a dozen beehives over four counties.

Television station KTVO reports that Ricky Elam was arrested Wednesday following the execution of a search warrant near his home that turned up the stolen beehives.

Authorities in Macon, Linn, Schuyler and Randolph counties said they had fielded numerous reports of stolen hives over the last year.

Authorities say the search warrant was issued after a beekeeper in Macon County installed a GPS tracker in one of his hives. On Wednesday, that hive was stolen and traced to Elam’s property.