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Burglars make off with four tons of honey from Shurdington yard

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: December 24, 2012

  • DEVASTATED: Mike Roberts, of Easy Bee Products, in Shurdington.

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BEEKEEPER Mike Roberts has seen his business stung by a bizarre burglary.

Thieves pinched an incredible four tons of honey – equivalent to seven years worth of stock – from his Easy Bee Products base in Shurdington.

It happened on Friday morning, shortly after midnight and Mr Roberts has been left worried about the future of his company. With no stock to sell, he said he would be unable to feed the millions of bees under his watch.

"I just don't understand who would do this," he said.

"They must have known what they were looking for – stealing a couple of pots of honey is one thing but taking four tons is a different kettle of fish. How will I feed the bees next year now?

"I've got to sell honey to feed the bees.

"How will I pay staff if I've got nothing to sell? This honey was supposed to keep us going next year because 2012 has been so bad, with the weather over the summer."

He said he had CCTV images of the theft, which appear to show a man, woman and younger man piling the 30lbs tubs of honey into a lorry, having broken the locks on three storage areas at his yard.

"The only kind of person I can think who would do this is another beekeeper because what on earth would anyone else do with it," said Mr Hopkins, who has run the company for more than 30 years.

"It's unbelievable."

The honey was stored in dozens of 30lbs tubs at Mr Roberts's yard, off Main Road in Shurdington.

A reward is being offered for the return of the stock.

Police confirmed they were investigating the burglary and have asked anyone with information to call 101 quoting incident 119 of December 21.

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  • daveofglos  |  December 24 2012, 4:32PM

    I do feel the stories on this site lack the first half of the phrase "investigative reporting"

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  • lindenengine  |  December 24 2012, 4:24PM

    Not to make light of the theft but this sort of thing must be popular these days, even seasonal perhaps. Last week I listened to a Canadian reporter detailing how some villains stole ten tonnes of genuine Maple syrup from the Quebec based Canadian Strategic reserve of Maple syrup. (no less!) With typical Canadian reporting mirth and light hearten tone, he (reporter) mentioned the case as a sticky problem for the local police and didn't too feel sorry for the poor saps that got caught with the loot in their New Brunswick hideaway ! Apparently a growing International problem, but in this case it seems the Mounties (CMP) got their man, lets see how Glos police solve this sticky problem and try to emulate their Canuct counterparts, Eh. Merry Christmas

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  • Beekeeper  |  December 24 2012, 4:03PM

    ""The only kind of person I can think who would do this is another beekeeper because what on earth would anyone else do with it," said Mr Hopkins." First, this has got nothing to do with me :-) Second, who is this "Mr Hopkins", not mentioned elsewhere in the story. Third, this whole thing sounds like some sort of scam / false insurance claim.

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  • daveofglos  |  December 24 2012, 1:29PM

    I am really confused here - why would someone producing honey have SEVEN years worth of stock? I cannot comprehend that. Surely he'd have one year's worth max? Why hoard honey for seven years?

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  • Mowden  |  December 24 2012, 1:05PM

    Time for a police sting operation? Perhaps they can set a honey trap !

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  • zalapompadoo  |  December 24 2012, 12:15PM

    nasty rosehillwr i think maybe a bear in a duffle coat carrying is also in on the theft, on more serious point this guy has worked hard and i hope they catch them even if it is bears

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  • Douglasknows  |  December 24 2012, 11:49AM

    I dont wish to drone on but these were not bumbling thieves, they were busy bees that planned a hive of activity to fill their own honeypot.

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  • RoseHillWR  |  December 24 2012, 11:28AM

    I'd be on the lookout for a yellow bear in a red shirt.

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  • dodoleduck  |  December 24 2012, 10:44AM

    sticky fingered little sods

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  • Bonkim2003  |  December 24 2012, 8:06AM

    4 tonnes - 7 years of stock? not being able to feed the bees? not being able to pay wages? somethings not clear. 4Te/year equals just over 1200lb of honey per year - worth say £3,600 wholesale per year - this is small beer for a commercial beekeeping business. Many amateur beekeepers produce 3 to 400lb honey a year from a handful of hives. Bees will find enough to forage and produce more next year - they have survived for millions of years without being fed by man. The theft of course is of concern and hope the police nab the culprits.

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