in Woodland found ransacked hives in two different locations, back in September of 2012. A total of 460 hives were damaged.
Tauzer Apiaries owner, Mark Tauzer, said while hive theft happens from time to time, the way Zhdamirov hurt the bees was not characteristic of people who keepers.
"Most people get into beekeeping because they love the bees," Tauzer explained. “And no matter how much you hate your competitor you don’t hurt the bees. It’s just not in us.”
Tauzer said because of the increased number of almond orchards in Yolo County more hives are needed to pollinate the trees (two hives for every acre). This means hives are closer together, creating turf wars among bees and increasing the risk of the spread of disease.
Most of the time when hives are too close the beekeepers will talk and work it out. In this case Zhdamirov took a different approach; ripping apart the hives, taking some parts and leaving the bees vulnerable to attack.
"There was about half a pound of dead bees near each hive from the fighting," Tauzer said.
Tauzer's hives were distinctively marked, making it easy for Tauzer and his employees to do their own investigation and track down the missing hives. They found the hives two days later, partially painted green, and mixed in with hives owned by Zhdamirov.
Tauzer's brand markings on the hives were still visible, despite attempts to cover them with paint and putty.
Sheriff Deputy Don Harmon contacted Zhdamirov who admitted to his crimes.
“The theft and malicious destruction of the beehives in this case is an example of the type of agricultural crimes that the District Attorney finds intolerable,” said Deputy District Attorney Martha Holzapfel, the procecutor for this case. “We would not have had the success in this case without Mr. Tauzer’s proactive marking of hives and a dedication to finding and recovering the bees."
Zhdamirov faces a possible sentence of up to three years and will also be required to reimburse Mark Tauzer for the monetary damages he caused.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
A former Marine from Orangevale has pleaded guilty in a bizarre Vallejo kidnapping in which the victims at first were accused by police of concocting the abduction.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
New details about suspected human trafficking at a large marijuana grow operation were released Tuesday by the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office.
Friday, September 16, 2016
A Woodland woman whose infant son was found dead near the Sacramento River in 2015 has been convicted of murder.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
The Yuba County Sheriff's Department says it has solved the 1973 shotgun deaths of two middle-school-age girls. Two men have been arrested.
Friday, September 02, 2016
Sacramento Kings Guard Darren Collison has pleaded guilty to a domestic battery charge in Placer County. Collison was arrested in May at his Granite Bay home after his wife filed a complaint about being assaulted.