Pancake house patrons across North America, rejoice! Canadian authorities apparently have recovered a huge quantity of maple syrup stolen from a warehouse in August.
Quebec provincial police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police executed a search warrant last week at an export company in the province of New Brunswick, CNN affiliate CBC reported.
Etienne St.-Pierre, the export company's owner, told the CBC he bought the syrup from one of his regular suppliers, but police hauled it away in trucks. St.-Pierre's attorney, Sarto Landry, said St.-Pierre had no reason to believe the product was stolen, according to the Globe and Mail in Toronto.
â€śWe canâ€™t easily identify the syrup, itâ€™s not like buying a car or buying a house,â€ť he told the paper. â€śAt the moment, thereâ€™s a presumption that the product that was bought ... was in no way related to a deceitful transaction.â€ť
It's not known exactly how much syrup was stolen or how much was recovered, but the product originally stored in the Quebec warehouse where the theft occurred was worth more than $30 million, according to the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers.
â€śWe know that itâ€™s millions of dollars that was stolen,â€ť the Globe and Mail quoted Quebec police Sgt. Richard GagnĂ© as saying. â€śItâ€™s a very large amount.â€ť
The Globe and Mail said the amount seized was 119,000 liters, or about 31,400 gallons, but other Canadian news outlets gave different estimates. Police escorted a convoy of 16 trailer-loads of syrup from New Brunswick to a storage facility in Quebec, the Globe and Mail reported.
Quebec produces 70% to 80% of the world's maple syrup, according to the producers federation.