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. wow

    Blame Canada. Sorry song will not stop playing in my head now. Someone was probably dared to fill up their pool with syrup or Aliens ran out again.

    August 31, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. richajam

    The only lead the Police have is that the suspect was short and furry, wore a ranger hat and went by the nickname of 'Smokey".

    August 31, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohohmrbill

      The number suspect here is Waffle Bot. I bet he did it ......

      August 31, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. XKCD386

    So all that stolen maple syrup is worth $1.359 per kilogram?

    August 31, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. :)

    Quebec has long been a bastion of corruption.

    August 31, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Beeker

    I will not rest until I recover every last drop of that wonderful liquid gold or get a cut of that sweet black market syrup action.

    August 31, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. richajam

    Hrrmm.. Imagine if the cooks we caught and sent to prison.....

    Inmate1 – " .. What are yo in here for?.. I molested a dead horse...."
    Inmate2 – ".. umm.... stealing maple syrup......' ( ...Whimper.....)

    August 31, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aubrie

      that made me laugh out loud.....

      August 31, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Greenspam

    Can you swim in a pool of syrup or will you sink?

    August 31, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Try it and let us know (:

      August 31, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joe

    To steal 10 million pounds of anything would require 250 tractor trailers or a bulk cargo ship. If they can't figure this one out, then every cop in Canada should be fired.

    August 31, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. C Bauer

    No big loss. Everyone knows the best maple syrup is Grade A Dark Amber from Vermont.

    August 31, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Beaver

      Oh, it's on like Donkey Kong, eh !! Canadian maple syrup forever !!

      August 31, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Calcommuter

      If it was Vermont maple syrup stolen, I would be concerned. Canadian? Not so much...

      August 31, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Robertson

      So that's why all the woman are fat pigs .. To much of the good stuff

      August 31, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bill

    I think my aunt pulled off this caper. Her full name is Aunt Jemima.

    August 31, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mark

    One word.......Heisenberg

    August 31, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • ec

      Thank you for the BB reference...

      August 31, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jake

    Vito Corleone and Hyman Roth were in the maple syrup business together. Maybe the Family is trying to make a comeback.

    August 31, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ohohmrbill

    Number suspect here is Waffle Bot. We are going to keep an eye on him .

    August 31, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Epacific

    Betchya they're eating pancakes.

    August 31, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. alligator face

    its not a theft its a fraud........same as theft just a different the end someone ends up gettiong paid.

    August 31, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
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