... They got him because the hives were not registered.
Don't forget to take into account the supposed bee cruelty. This is the wedge issue that the "humane" organizations like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) or The humane Society of the United States (HSUS) spout all the time about bees and bee keeping.
If these two organizations were ever by either hook or crook to get controll of the government organizations dealing with bees, you would not be allowed to have enough nurse bees in a hive to keep your brood alive. Which BTW is exactly what Ingrid Newkirk of PETA and her HSUS counterpart Wayne Pacelle want, no more honey and no more beekeeping. Because PETA and HSUS know what is best for bees better than the bees know what is best for themselves.
What is next in NYC? Honey only sold in 1 & 1/2 cup or 16 oz jars like Mayor Bloomberg wants to do with sugar sweetened soft drinks? After all honey is sugar only in a more concentrated form than found in Pepsi. Don't give me any of that "Oh, they'll never do that." The beer brewers supported the Prohibition Amendment up until the last minute because they thought the "FIX" was in and beer would be the only legal alcoholic beverage left standing in the aftermath of the 18th amendment. The only trouble was that Congress double crossed the beer barons and when the bill came out of committee it sent the beer barons to the poor house by outlawing beer as well wine and spirits.
Evidently NYC's finest has never been in an apiary little less seen a large fruit orchard in the spring time when the trees are in bloom. A semi going to the California almond groves would likely contain over 10 times as many bees in less space than this drive way.