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$11,000 in beehives dumped on highway

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CENTRALIA — Roughly $11,000 worth of beehives were dumped on U.S. Highway 12 south of Chehalis on Monday after an unidentified subject stole a pickup belonging to the owner of Hive 5 Bees in Rochester earlier that day.

The reporting party, who co-owns both Hive 5 Bees and All Star Rent a Fence, told law enforcement he had parked a Rent a Fence pickup with an attached trailer and tractor at a diner in the 10100 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Rochester shortly after midnight on Aug. 1 but returned at about 4:30 a.m. to find it was missing.

Multiple box beehives were in the bed of the pickup at the time it was stolen, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

About five hours later, around 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 1, the owner reported they’d found the hives broken and scattered across U.S. Highway 12 near Interstate 5 Exit 68. The condition of the bees was not available.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office has since recovered the tractor and trailer that were attached to the pickup, but the pickup, valued at approximately $18,000, and its driver were still missing as of Wednesday afternoon.

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