HOUSTON (KHOU) – Police were on the hunt Monday for sticky-fingered suspects who swiped a big bee hive from a Houston restaurant.
It happened around 5 a.m. Saturday at Haven Restaurant, located in the 2500 block of Algerian Way.
Surveillance video showed a pickup truck with a camper pulling into the parking lot and backing up to the bee hive.
The driver killed the lights, and then the suspects loaded the hive into the truck and took off.
It took less than a minute and a half for the 500-pound hive to be stolen.
Because of the size and weight of the hive, police believe there were at least two suspects.
Haven Chef Randy Evans said he believes the bee thieves knew what they were doing.
"You're not going to just pull up to a bee hive and move it. They came in at night, when it was cold and wet. Bees are the most docile at that time. They're going to stay huddled up in their hive, on top of one another, creating heat to stay warm and stay dry," Evans said.
He estimated that there were about 5,000 bees in the hive, which was worth about $1,000.
Evans said he used some of the honey in his dishes, and the restaurant used the bees to pollinate citrus and vegetables.
Anyone with information on the suspects or the location of the hive should call HPD.