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. Just_One


    October 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cpc65

    An APB has been issued for Mrs. Butterworth. Subject is considered armed and dagerous.

    October 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • J

      And look out for her accomplice, Aunt Jemima

      October 5, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trenchcoat Man

      I heard they were hiding out in a Log Cabin.

      October 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mathieu

    How exactly does one steal 16 trailer trucks worth of anything? You can't just walk away with it, or hide it in your coat....

    October 5, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trenchcoat Man, yeah you! Wanna buy some maple syrup? Pure stuff, I'm tellin ya...

      October 5, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LOL

    Big break? Did they actually mean to say "Big Breakfast"?

    October 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • DAT

      Probably not.

      October 5, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Edward

    Go RCMP! YES!

    October 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. crowgan

    sticky situation

    October 5, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. StevenR

    Pancake house? Hardly. If the syrup at the pancake house chains has ANY maple syrup in it, I would be amazed. High fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors. Likewise Mrs. Butterworths. NO MAPLE SYRUP AND NO BUTTER.

    She must be a member of the GOP...

    October 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ann

    This story sounds like a Nancy Drew story – The Mystery of the Maple Syrup.

    October 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Steve W

    Don't mess with my syrup....this is serious. Anyone who knows how good this stuff is would think this was funny.

    October 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jon

    The guy that bought the syrup must know who he bought it off of? The thief can't be that hard to find.

    October 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Evolved One

    We always get our syrup!

    October 5, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lisinac

    Noting to worry. We swap Italins mafia with Itali, we get them here and they have nothing to worry. Our mafia is then
    taken by Itali and they are all free. Read todays Canadian media and its all there.

    October 5, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Corey

    Sounds like a sticky situation!

    October 5, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. commensurate

    Ok, I get that this is news 'cause $30 million of syrup is a big deal... how about reporting on the US speed skating short track team and the sabotaging (intentionally bending) of a Canadian skater's skates at a 2011 meet... all over NPR, the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune..

    October 5, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Nik without a C

    No wonder that person didn't want to stick around. He would have been in a honey bear.

    October 5, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chet The Dog

      LOL. wouldn't want to be in that trap!!!

      October 5, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • New Yorker

      I'm glad that the 3rd greatest crime in Canadian history has been resolved (first two are obviously the vandalism of that school cafeteria, and that recent video-taped cannibal murder).

      Seriously folks, after spending a couple weeks in Canada every year for the last 20+ years, I have come to the conclusion that 99% of Canadian criminals are nowhere near as violent as our gangstas, muggers and armed robbers. Except for that 1%, who are WAY sicker than Hannibal Lecter.

      Overall score: we win. USA, USA, USA !

      October 5, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obi Vious

      Ya think maybe the less violent canuck crims MIGHt have something to do with the far lower poroortions o kneegrows up there? Irrefutable statistically and transcends economic strata influence. A genetic and/or ethnic and/or solciological predisposition with peer accetance.

      October 6, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
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