Just wondering out load here…..
Who steals bee hives? Another beek?
The general public seems paranoid enough of bees as it is, it would seem unlikely to me they would be up for stealing hives. I would think to successfully steal them, you would have to know what you’re doing, own a bee suit, know how to seal up a hive, how to strap up hives, and how to move such heavy things. Finally what economic value would a hive(s) have to the general public?