Police questioning validity of fundraiser for beehive vandalism

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TIVERTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Police in Tiverton are advising everyone not to donate to a GoFundMe page circulating on social media about the destruction of a local business’s beehives because they say it might be fake.

According to the GoFundMe page, a Tiverton business named “Ocean Side Honey” was the target of vandals who tipped over all the hives, smashed them and doused them with diesel fuel.

“Not a single bee survived and all of their 5.5 million bees are now gone,” the page reads.

The online fundraiser was shared by several people on social media, including Mooseman’s Kettle Corn, who said they use Ocean Side Honey’s honey to make their kettle corn. The post, however, has since been deleted.

Mooseman’s Kettle Corn posted to Facebook again Wednesday afternoon, ensuring their customers they have no connection to the GoFundMe page.

“We simply shared a post from a friend that had a bunch of hives with some of the best honey I ever tasted. As far as I know, the hives were really destroyed,” the post said.

So far, the page has raised more than $700. Eyewitness News reached out to Tiverton police for more information about the vandalism and learned they are looking into whether or not the report is credible.

Eyewitness News searched online for information on Ocean Side Honey and could not find anything related to the business.

Police are urging everyone to not donate to the GoFundMe page until the allegations are verified.

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