July 29, 2014

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Theft of gear perplexes Avon beekeeper

AVON — When the homemade “Honey” sign his father made decades ago — along with several empty beehives and bee boxes — were stolen from his Chester Road yard in June, Wally Klingshirn made a new sign, one requesting the return of his missing property.

A sign asking for the return of his stolen beekeeping equipment sits outside Wally Klingshirn’s Chester Road home in Avon on Tuesday. (CT photo by Brad Dicken.)

A sign asking for the return of his stolen beekeeping equipment sits outside Wally Klingshirn’s Chester Road home in Avon on Tuesday. (CT photo by Brad Dicken.)

He’s still waiting.

“It is kind of weird,” the retired lumber yard worker said of the theft. “I never heard of it, my insurance company never heard of it.”

According to a report he filed with Avon police on June 16, Klingshirn last saw the bee boxes and beehives on June 15 when he went out to tend to the one hive of bees he keeps outside his home. When he went out the next day the unused beekeeping equipment was gone, as was the metal “Honey” sign.

“It’s a shame,” Klingshirn said. “I was flabbergasted.”

He estimated the loss of the homemade items at about $1,200 and said they had to have been taken by someone familiar with beekeeping. The thieves ignored a telescope, lawnmower, chainsaw and grill that were on his front porch and only stole the bee boxes he kept there.

They also went into his orchard and stole boxes from there as well.

Nothing else was taken, he said.

The thieves also knew enough to leave behind the beehive that actually contained bees.

Klingshirn said he doubts he’ll see his missing gear again. He said he believes whoever took it probably took it to southern Ohio or even out of state.

Still, he hasn’t given up hope that the culprits will do the right thing and return what they stole.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.