Millions of dollars in maple syrup stolen
As much as 80% of the world's maple syrup comes from Quebec.
August 31st, 2012
12:44 PM ET

Millions of dollars in maple syrup stolen

Talk about sticky-fingered thieves. They've struck in Quebec, snatching millions of dollars worth of maple syrup from a warehouse in Saint-Louis-de-Blandford, between Montreal and Quebec City.

Up to 10 million pounds of syrup was in the warehouse, according to a statement from the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, which bills itself as keeper of  the global strategic maple syrup reserve.

Officials could not say exactly how much of the product was stolen, but a Quebec police official told The Globe and Mail it was a substantial quantity.

“We know that it’s millions of dollars that was stolen,” Sgt. Richard Gagné is quoted as saying. “It’s a very large amount.”

The 10 million pounds of syrup that was in the warehouse is worth more than $30 million, according to the federation statement.

The theft was discovered during a routine inventory check of the warehouse, which "had been secured by a fence and locks, and visited regularly," federation president Serge Beaulieu said in the statement.

The barrels that originally contained the syrup were empty, meaning it was somehow transferred to some other kind of containers to complete the theft, the federation said.

The warehouse where the theft occurred was being used to temporarily store the sweet stuff while a new facility was being prepared.

As much as 80% of the world's maple syrup comes from Quebec, the federation said.

Though the federation is insured for the loss, if the stolen syrup makes its way onto the market, it could hurt the group's 10,000 members.

"The marketing of the stolen maple syrup will affect the entire maple industry. It is crucial to identify those responsible for this crime," the statement said.

“Obviously those people stole the maple syrup to sell it somewhere,” federation director Anne-Marie Granger Godbout told The Globe and Mail. “If it’s a big volume, it could be very harmful for the maple syrup industry. The companies that are working in this industry will have to compete with some company that didn’t pay for the maple syrup.”

The federation said the theft shouldn't affect supplies available to the public.

"The sales agency's maple syrup inventory is spread across several storage locations which were not subject to theft," Beaulieu said in the statement.

The amount in the warehouse represents about one-10th of Quebec's 2012 harvest and more than 25% of the federation's stock, CNN affiliate CBC reported.

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  1. Sensisence

    Kinda like the Gold reserves in the US

    August 31, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. inferno232

    I'm gonna go ahead and nominate this as "Strangest Heist of the Century."

    August 31, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I'm gonna have to second that motion...
      What an odd thing to steal...

      "Psst. Hey you. Yeah, you...wanna buy some maple syrup?"

      August 31, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Beaver

      You're obviously not Canadian.... This stuff is sacred to us Canadians..... Almost as sacred as beer.

      August 31, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • DebAH

      @banasy© lol too funny!

      September 1, 2012 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. oldman100

    NNNNNNOOOOOOO!!!! Not the maple syrup!!! Now how will I eat my pancakes?!?!?

    August 31, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      I know you're being sarcastic but I know I won't put anything but real maple syrup on my pancakes. I'm just glad that I"m loyal to New York syrup.

      August 31, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. olera_m

    beware of guys in long coats on the streets, hustling maple syrup

    August 31, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. olvera_m

    oops i meant olver_m

    August 31, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. olvera_m

    test, olvera_m (:

    August 31, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Elvis

    Why would they store so much Syrup to begin with? How do you steal 10 Million Lbs of Syrup without being noticed? I smell a rat here, and Insurance will foot the billl. I call it a good way to clear excess inventory but, wait they claim to have enough in storage for future demand but, they are worried about stollen goods being sold for lot less in the chanel. Yeah, right, a Jewish lightning story would have had more credibility than their theft story.

    August 31, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • ZeusCarver

      They didn't steal 10 million lbs. That's how much was in the warehouse. Read the story.

      August 31, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. -Fat Racist- (R-Ohio)"Shoot Looters"

    Aunt Jemima does it best.

    August 31, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. filburger

    we should switch to the syrup standard.

    August 31, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mark

    Send in the Mounties.

    August 31, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mark

    Sacre Canada will need a Bailout.

    August 31, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Beaver

      Naaah, we'll just sell some extra poutine and make up for the loss.

      August 31, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tom

    I suspect a new Batman villian who will use the syrup to power a retractor beam designed to draw the moon closer to the earth, thereby raising world tides, flooding coastal areas (including Gotham), and leaving his own property as high priced beach front real estate. Now what would his name be?

    August 31, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ZeusCarver

    "... global strategic maple syrup reserve."

    That just sounds funny!

    August 31, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kingsqueak

    Sounds like De Beers is in the maple syrup business too.

    August 31, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Nowletssee

    So while it is probably a "company" as they suggest who is just looking to make a nice profit this year, is anyone considering the reality that this represents an unregulated addition to the publics consumption of food products? By unregulated I refer to the possibility of tampering of the syrup before it makes it to your pancakes. How do we know it is only a motive for profit, and not a motive of terrorism?

    August 31, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Taskmaster

      Nowletssee: That is really a scary thought.

      August 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Or that the Zombie Apocalypse is going to start with...maple syrup?

      August 31, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wafflemania

      I'll take my chances. Of all the things to worry about in this world, a terrorist pancake syrup attack is at the bottom of my list. *eye rolls*

      August 31, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • trollol

      I'm sure a batch of harmful product would be tracked and recalled without too much hassle. Plus, not that many people actually eat maple syrup regularly. If a product were targeted by a terrorist, I think corn crops would be the target.

      August 31, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Wasn't that pretend bomb in a school in Die Hard, with a Vengeance, made out of maple syrup?

      August 31, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
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