ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- When you mess with the hive, don't be surprised you get stung.
St. Petersburg Police is searching for two suspects, whom they identified as teens that are possibly covered in bee stings when they knocked over a beekeeper's beehive at the 800 block of 37th Avenue South sometime this past weekend.
According to SPPD's Facebook page, the suspects climbed over a fence and toppled one beehive containing hundreds of bees.
The beekeeping homeowner contacted police the next day after seeing the damaged hive and fence. According to SPPD, the crime scene technicians did not want to approach the hive to dust for evidence.
So Officer Rogler stepped in, donned a beekeeper's mask, grabbed the dusting brush and set to revealing fingerprints left at the scene.
Beyond the damaged hive and fence, SPPD said that the bees likely scared off the intruders before they caused more damage to the property.
If you have information on the teens (possibly covered in bee stings), contact SPPD's non-emergency line at 727-893-7780.
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