Around Jan. 10, about 100 colonies of bees were stolen from a Kern County stockpile site at the intersection of I-5 and Hwy 119 (Taft Hwy). The hives were well-marked with the beekeeper’s name (James Wickerd) and address on both sides all the boxes; such marking usually deters thefts. Bee thieves, however, either repaint the hives, or transfer the frames to other boxes. The shortage of bees this year will likely trigger more thefts. Such thefts usually occur just prior to almond bloom, or directly from almond orchards.