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Produce pillaging on rise in California as farm thieves nab fruits, veggies, farm equipment, copper

But more than just grabbing a few peaches or a sack of strawberries, farm thieves are becoming highly sophisticated. A bee farm in Madera County, Calif., for instance, recently had $100,000 worth of bees stolen from its property -- yes, bees.

Sheriff John Anderson  says that the thieves knew what they were doing, and were well-prepared in their heist, having likely "smoked" the bees, sedated them, and then hijacked them.

Still other farmers are having to deal with concerted copper thefts, which involve thieves snipping the wiring that runs between outdoor wells and power boxes, and reselling the metal for thousands of dollars.

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