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Thieves buzz off with bees

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MONTREAL—Quebec beekeeper Jean-Marc Labonte said yesterday that he’s in a sticky situation after thieves buzzed off with about five million of his bees.

He said he noticed Wednesday that 180 hives were stolen from a field near Victoriaville, Que., about 150 km northeast of Montreal.

The bees and hives are worth about $200,000, Labonte noted, noting he thinks they were stolen between April 24-26.

“To have hives stolen like that, it’s not funny at all,” said the president of the family company, Miel Labonte.

No arrests had been made as of yesterday, Quebec provincial police said.

Labonte said Quebec, like many areas in North America, is suffering from a shortage of bees that for years have been decimated by disease and pesticides.

He said he thinks shortages are the reason why his little critters were stolen.

“The police are on it and we hope they’ll catch who did this,” he remarked.

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