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.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Suspect #1: Hispanic or White male adult, 5 feet 2 inches tall, 170 pounds, medium build, wearing an orange vest and hard hat.
Suspect #2: Hispanic or White male adult in his mid-30s, 6 feet tall, heavy set, wearing an orange vest and hard hat.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The possession of a date rape drug could once again be charged as a felony under a newly-introduced bill in the California Legislature. The measure would reverse a provision of Proposition 47, which voters approved last fall.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Attorneys for a 14-year-old boy who' charged with the murder of his 8-year-old sister are asking for his release while he awaits trial. The boy's defense team says new evidence points away from his guilt.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Gang violence is a major problem in San Joaquin County, with gangs tied to more than half of the county's homicides.
A multi-million dollar state grant is intended to help reverse that trend.
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
A man charged in the killings of two northern California sheriff's deputies appeared in court Wednesday.