Man charged with Saint-Valère beehive thefts
About 5 million bees were stolen from the Labonté family in April
Provincial police have arrested a 36-year-old man from the Laurentians in connection with 184 beehives that went missing last week from a locked enclosure in Saint-Valère, Que.
Marco Beausoleil, 36, appeared at the Victoriaville courthouse on Wednesday and was charged with theft.
The hives, which contained about five million bees, were owned by Francis Labonté, owner of Entreprises Francis Labonté, who sold the honey to Miel Labonté, a company owned by his father Jean-Marc Labonté.
The Labonté family said the hives went missing overnight between April 25 and 26.
The Labonté family is offering a reward of $5,000 to $10,000 for anyone who finds the hives.
Beausoleil was released after his court appearance. He is due back in court on June 27.