Hanover police Lt. Dwayne Smith said Wednesday that a neighbor spotted two people loading the hives into a van over the weekend while the owner was away.
Beekeeper Troy Shearer returned Tuesday and reported the theft. He tells the York Dispatch ( http://bit.ly/129uGjt) that he's owned the hives about six years, and was about to turn a profit on them.
York County Beekeepers' Association president Julia Kurtz says an active hive is worth between $400 and $500.
Smith says he can't recall another such theft in his 23 years with the department.
However, police in western Pennsylvania say seven hives were stolen in October in East Finley Township, outside Pittsburgh.
Information from: The York Dispatch, http://www.yorkdispatch.com