These types of stories sicken me. A bee yard theft in Abbotsford, B.C. has left a beekeeper without a substantial portion of their beekeeping business.
Usually when you hear of bee yard vandalism, it’s caused by teenagers or random people (often under the influence of something) who get a kick out of damaging other people’s property. However, when a theft occurs, it’s usually someone who knows bees and has a bee yard of their own. I really can’t believe that anyone in the beekeeping community would steal another beekeeper’s bees and equipment. I hope that this person is caught and is punished appropriately.
UPDATE April 25, 2013: This link was changed, so I have updated to link to CBC.ca instead.