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. Angel

    Ummm, who the heck would steal Maple Syrup, I mean it's good and all but out of all the things you can steal!! I think they smuggled in some drugs and the drivers took the wrong boxes!!! I agree with other comments, something doesnt sound right, it might be some type of insurance scam. And someone also mentioned dluting it, I mean wouldnt that take a lot of man power and bring the cost up even more..

    September 6, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • mya

      I know right!

      September 6, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    It was a Heisenberg job!

    September 7, 2012 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Fladabosco

      Mohammed, Anyone who claims to know some sort of universal godly truth is nuts. The page you reference reminds me of a 3rd grader trying to explain the world. Why are people more fascinated by hidden forces than the ones we can plainly see? It's easier and makes people feel smart, that they know something other people don't.

      September 8, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. eyetweaks

    Careful Bloomby will be out to stop your sugary transactions soon....

    September 7, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Carl, Secaucus, NJ

    Why didn't they just do it like Goldfinger, and make the maple syrup radioactive for 90 years, thereby driving up the value of their uncontaminated maple syrup?

    September 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tarmac

    This is my nightmare!

    September 7, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Fladabosco

    Now that's a sweet, sweet crime!

    September 8, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. Leonardo

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Now what will I put on my flapjacks????????

    I think is Mrs. Obamas fault!!! She's all about 'eating healthy' she stole our syrup!!! Now,the country is going to be like the prohibition era,but with mayple syrup

    September 8, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nora


    September 9, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mo

      Because Maple syrup is DELICIOUS! That's why!

      September 10, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jay

    WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND is going to buy black-market Maple Syrup? "Hey man, I can hook you up with some syrup, dude."

    September 9, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Operation Plumbbob

      I seriously doubt the syrup was stolen. More likely: Someone embezzled the money and *said* they used it to make syrup. The "stolen" syrup probably never was made. Funny how money works.

      September 11, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. Grandpa RD

    Aunt Jemima weeps!

    September 10, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Grandpa RD

    I blame the Waffle Whiffer. He's been out of a job for more than 35 years, ya know!


    September 10, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. cocopuf

    With that large amount of syrup, and examining video cameras from nearby roads roads, etc. I'm sure theere will be some revealing clues somewhere. It wouldn't surprise me if all that syrup is stored nearby.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. Sam!

    Sounds like a sticky situation if you ask me..
    *Ba-dum tst*

    September 11, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  14. Pete

    Must be Willard to put on all of his waffles.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Troven

    It was the Waffle House. That is how they make em so cheap. Next they will steal a bunch of chickens from Mexico.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
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