Thousands of bees killed in act of vandalism

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Vandals destroyed dozens of beehives, in Sioux Falls, Iowa, which is putting the future of a honey business in jeopardy.

Wild Hill Honey owners said they discovered that 50 beehives were destroyed when they went to go clear off the snow on Thursday.

The owner, Justin Engelhardt, told KMEG that the incident will be impossible to recover from and pretty much wipes out his business.

He said that due to the vandalism thousands of bees died.

"I knew it was going to be bad we went around the shed every hive was knocked over, dead bees in the snow, it was terrible," Englehardt said, adding that the incident also included that the couple's shed was damaged. 

He said the lock was damaged, and a window was broken.

Engelhardt had a security camera installed but during the incident, it was stolen.

According to the Police there were fingerprints discovered at the scene.

The investigation is still ongoing.

Engelhardt told The Associated Press, that the estimated cost of damage was between $50,000 and $60,000, and that at least 500,000 bees were killed in the incident

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