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Wild Hill Honey Vandalism

A destroyed beehive is shown at Wild Hill Honey in Sioux City. Police have arrested two male juveniles in connection with the destruction of more than a half million bees at the business on Dec. 28.

SIOUX CITY | Sioux City police have arrested two male juveniles for alleged vandalism that destroyed more than a half million bees at a Sioux City honey business last month.

The minors, who were not identified by police, have been charged with three felonies -- criminal mischief in the first degree, agricultural animal facilities offenses and burglary in the third degree, as well as an aggravated misdemeanor, possession of burglars tools.

The juveniles, who are 12 and 13 years old, are accused of destroying all of Wild Hill Honey's hives on Sioux City's west side. The company's losses were estimated at $60,000.

The damage was not covered by insurance. But the public, outraged by the senseless act of vandalism, raised tens of thousands of dollars online for the owners, Justin and Tori Englehardt.

The Englehardts said they plan to rebuild their business, and restock their hives as early as this spring in light of the public's generosity.

Police say they did not anticipate any further arrests.

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