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Bumblebee balloon found after being stolen during Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – The baby bee balloon that was reported stolen early Thursday morning has been found. Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina tweeted that the bee has been found. No other information has been released this time on where it was found.

Early Thursday morning, a group of men who are part of the crew for the three bumblebee balloons noticed the baby bee “Joelly Bee” was missing. The crew said the balloon was stolen at 1:30 am from the Townplace Suites Hotel by the Albuqueruqe International Sunport.

They say the bee was in a green double-door trailer that was being pulled by a red Chevy truck. They say the truck has Texas plates, and the trailer has Arizona plates. The license plate on the trailer is S-89702. According to the pilot’s Facebook post, the trailer has been found, but the truck is still missing.

The mom and dad bees went on static display Thursday at the Special Shape Rodeo. The pilot has reached out to the police; If you have any information on the missing truck, you are being asked to contact the police or Bob Romaneschi at 602-469-7262.

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