LAYTON — A teen is out $12,000 after thieves took bees and equipment from hives in a field at about 2195 N. University Park Blvd.
The teen, Bryce Bunderson, 15, of Deweyville, Box Elder County, operated B&B Honey Hives, with his brother Tate, who is serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
When Bryce Bunderson came down to check on the hives with his parents, he found most of the bees and the internal components of the hives missing, according to Layton Police Lt. Travis Lyman.
The money the teens raised was to be used towards helping the young men on their missions. Bryce Bunderson was operating the business until Tate returns from his mission.
Following the theft, the family contacted the Utah State Bee Inspector, who confirmed the bees had been stolen and had not been killed by pesticides, Lyman said.
The theft is an unusual one. Lyman he said cannot recall a similar incident. He added the thieves had to have known what they were doing.
Beekeepers across the state are accepting donations of raw honey for the teens, as well as cash.
The Wasatch Beekeeper Association has coordinated with the Lion House to accept donations.