UNIONTOWN, Ohio (WJW) – The Stark County Beekeepers’ Association released a photo from a security camera of a suspect setting fire to a beehive in Uniontown.
Michelle Huskins built two beehives on her property in Uniontown and installed a trail camera to keep close watch on her 100,000 bees. The camera captured images of deer and coyotes prowling around the hives, but last Thursday night, she discovered that the camera was also rolling as a young man carrying a gun, snuck onto their property and began vandalizing the beehives.
“I’m like, ‘Why is somebody stealing my bees?’ and then I look and I’m like, ‘Holy smokes, he has a gun, in our back yard.’ And then I saw the time stamp, and it was about three minutes after we were out here and my heart sank,” Huskins said.
The camera captured images of the suspect peeling off the covers from the hives, taking them apart, and then setting some of the bees on fire, killing thousands of them. He then pushed over the hives before slinking away.
Huskins said she cannot fathom why he targeted her beehives.
“For somebody just to come out and be so careless with the hives and you know, have no regard for their life, it’s just very sad,” she said.
“They came up here with some kind of gun, they came up here with a knife, because you can see the slit all the way down my beehive, they obviously had something to start a fire. So I mean, it’s very concerning.”
According to the Beekeepers’ Association this is the fourth vandalism of an apiary in Stark County this year. In the three previous incidents, someone used pesticides to kill the bees.
If you recognize the person in the photo, call Uniontown police at 330-699-6444
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