Fire up the griddle! Stolen syrup recovered
There should be no problem covering these cakes now.
October 4th, 2012
06:55 PM ET

Fire up the griddle! Stolen syrup recovered

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.

“We can’t easily identify the syrup, it’s not like buying a car or buying a house,” he told the paper. “At the moment, there’s a presumption that the product that was bought ... was in no way related to a deceitful transaction.”

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.

“We know that it’s millions of dollars that was stolen,” the Globe and Mail quoted Quebec police Sgt. Richard Gagné as saying. “It’s a very large amount.”

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.

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  1. chrissy

    Well thank goodness! Im sure there have been many restless nights worrying about this great heist!

    October 4, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    I was so worried.

    October 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ITSmyROMNEYjob

    Face it- when he says jobs... he means JOBS.... finding the syrup, making the biscuits, cleaning up after his kids, and cleaning up after his kids, finding the syrup.... making the pancakes just like the good ol days of jobs and more jobs.

    October 4, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. hEy

    Stolen syrup reCovered! Yay!
    Next: 100 billion dollars worth of stolen military enti tlement benefits recovered. (and then, State Disability fraud)

    October 4, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ITSmyROMNEYjob

    YES SIR MR. ROMNEY SIR !! Like some cracked pepper on that salad? I see the little Ms. needs a refill- no problem SIR.

    October 4, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ITSmyROMNEYnewpolicejobforHISKIDSONLY


    Stolen syrup reCovered! Yay!
    Next: 100 billion dollars worth of stolen military enti tlement benefits recovered. (and then, State Disability fraud)

    October 4, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    Have ya'll been to the abortion blog? It's like an old-timey mosh pit in there! LOL. Odd how this is such a hottly debated topic after all these years.

    October 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Well, if the exporter bought it from one of his regular suppliers, follow that trail.

    October 4, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jim O'Donnelly

    I can tell none neither the reporter nor the commenters do grocery shopping. Most pancake/waffle syrups are just flavored corn syrup because the real syrup is refined tree sap – and very expensive. Just check the prices of, say, Aunt Jemima or Mrs. Butterworth's syrup vs. 100% pure maple syrup, and you'll get an idea of how much money can be had stealing (and selling) the real thing.

    October 4, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You can tell I don't do any grocery shopping by my comments, "phew, I was worried", and "if the exporter bought it from his regular supplier, follow that trail"?
      Great discernment powers you have...for assumptions, that is.

      October 4, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    @ Jim O'Donnelly, are you condoning the stealing of syrup because it fetches a good price? And i DO grocery shop, but i believe in living within my means, which means NO STEALING, and nothing unneccessary! Lol, and oh yea, i dont like pancakes.

    October 4, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BOMBO ©

    Did I miss something? Does maple syrup caused abortions, leading Romney to call for a ban, and to steal military equipment from Quebec instead? Some days I just don't get these comments.

    October 4, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Consider the source, BOMBO, and you'll have your answer.

      October 4, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BOMBO ©

    Thought provoking question – if Aunt Jemima and Mrs Butterworth were real people (and I know they're not, although Aunt Jemima does look a lot like Condoleezza Rice), who would win a fight between them?

    October 4, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      David Letterman thinks Mrs Butterworth looks like Oprah Winfrey, so maybe the real question is who would win a fight between Condoleezza Rice and Oprah Winfrey.

      October 4, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    Condoleeza Rice looks exactly ZERO like Aunt Jemimah. @BOMBO
    Big fat Aunt Jemimah was a charachter patterned after the "Jim Smith" big musclebound ne groes we see in old movies depicting newly arriving slaves from Africa, a twisting of history.
    Everyone who has studiied it knows that the slaves sold to US christians by Arab-African muslim slavemasters were the skinniest and sickliest of the tribe. They were sold by the head like cattle, and more skinny ones could be packed as cargo. They were later 'fattened up' by generous christian slave owners so as to pick more cotton, etc.

    October 5, 2012 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Tex71

      "Big fat" Aunt Jemima has been gone for about 20 years now; replaced by a more dignified-looking figure. You must not have been shopping for syrup lately.

      October 5, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    Here's a thought...since it was so easy for American christians to become convinced that it's ok by Jesus Christ if you own slaves and it was so hard to get them to stop, what other kinds of BS do modern day christians fall for?

    October 5, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    lol, see he woule even ARGUE with you if you said *hello* because somehow you wouldve said it wrong! Gotta argue just for the sake of argueing! Dang!

    October 5, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
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