LAMONT — A man caught stealing bees worth $40,000 in the small rural town of Lamont in Kern County is behind bars on Thursday
Gabino Jordan Pena, 32 was booked into the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Central Receiving Facility on charges of possession of stolen property, possession of stolen property with altered identification marks and destruction of evidence.
His bail is set at $15,000.
According the sheriff’s department, Pena allegedly stole approximately 256 beehives in boxes and several other empty beehive boxes from United Honeybees.
Officials said the company recovered their property and called authorities to a location in the 6100 block of Panama Lane for the recovery of the stolen bees on Jan. 18.
During their investigation, deputies from the Lamont substation learned that Pena was in possession of beehives.
Subsequently, the Rural crime Investigation Unit conducted follow-up investigation and located additional victims.
The investigation is on-going.
KERO: Police say man stole 256 beehives worth an estimated $40,000