Austrian town abuzz after theft of one million bees

But Preisl tells state broadcaster ORF the damage is incalculable “in terms of years of work lost.”

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Police said Wednesday they got involved after residents in the town of Ebreichsdorf noticed that the covers of wooden boxes containing 40 hives had been removed.

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Police say they could have occurred anytime since the end of March. The thefts were formally reported Tuesday.

Beekeeper Horst Preisl put his loss at around 15,000 euros in lost honey and stolen bees, including queens.

VIENNA — A town south of Vienna is abuzz over the reported theft of dozens of beehives, containing about 1 million bees, from a local park.

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