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Someone killed man's 700,000 bees

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:20 PM

Timothy Fitch said Tuesday that the destruction took place sometime between Jan. 15 and March 8 outside his home in Sterling Heights. He estimated the cost of the loss at more than $14,000.

"They didn't bother anybody," said Fitch, a Grosse Pointe middle school teacher. "The neighbors had no problem with them — and grandkids, my kids, everybody played in the backyard and the bees didn't bother anyone."

Fitch, who spent several years researching honeybees before keeping them as a hobby, said he doesn't know whether he'll resume beekeeping.

The bee colonies typically survive year-round, even during the freezing temperatures of a Michigan winter, Fitch said. He told police, however, that the seven wooden towers that housed the bee colonies are now worthless, since they're contaminated with a pesticide.

Police are actively investigating the case, Sterling Heights Lt. Luke Riley said.

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