Burglary attempt foiled by homeowner's beehives

- A group of young, would-be burglars jumped the fence at their intended victim's house, but apparently didn't account for what awaited them on the other side.

Homeowner, Joann Mendenhall said someone breaking into her back yard would normally be no laughing matter, but she had a little chuckle seeing suspects run from her back yard.

"They were gone like a streak of lightning," Mendenhall said.

It happened Saturday night at her home south St. Pete. Police say teenagers hopped Mendenhall's fence, but one of them landed right on top of a bee hive.

“Bees do not like to be disturbed, but especially at night," Mendenhall explained.

Needless to say, the teens didn't make it any further onto her property. Police took finger prints and called several emergency rooms to see if anyone was treated for swelling from stings.

"I hope they got stung because that's what they get for trying to break in," Mendenhall said.

She was worried the queen bee would be harmed, but that doesn't appear to be the case.

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