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. jim

    Yeah that's what criminals steal here in Canada – stuff to put on your pancakes and waffles. Leave the coke and grass to the pros.

    October 5, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Let it Be

    What horror! NO MAPLE SYRUP! Thank God they found the culprits or this could have strained relations between Canada and the USA.

    October 5, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ditch

      Once again ... relations will improve between the US and Canada.. as we need maple syrup and oil...
      Are you guys up there interested in becoming the 51st state ??? Then perhaps Mitt Rawmoney could "fix" your healthcare situation up there! 😉

      October 5, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rocinante

    I guess that was...

    a sticky situation.


    October 5, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. MashaSobaka

    I know that this is condescending and I apologize for it, but I kinda love news from Canada. The biggest stories I've seen are this maple syrup heist (which I know is a significant blow to their economy, but come's a maple syrup heist) and the busting of a cheese-smuggling ring. I suppose there was a headless torso a while back too...that's tragic. What the US wouldn't give to have real tragedy appear only rarely in the news and have the rest of its problems be about people stealing gourmet foods.

    October 5, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      Plenty of bad stuff happens in Canada too. It's just that it doesn't usually make international news unless it's a doozy... so you often just see the lighter stories when it's a slow news day here and there mostly.

      October 5, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gmenfan54

    Someone must really love pancakes.

    October 5, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Plus

    It is not widely known but, because there are not enough maple trees in Vermont to produce enough Vermont maple syrup to keep up with demand, American maple syrup suppliers are permitted by law to buy Canadian maple syrup and label it as Vermont maple syrup to sell to Americans. No big deal but kind of interesting.

    October 5, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ditch

    Sweet deal !! :-/

    October 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ditch

    As a person of Canuck lineage from my fathers side, I love maple syrup.. must be in my genes. My father still seeks out "deals" on maple syrup (although not as big as this deal) and I get quarts of it for the holidays... Nice.. 🙂

    October 5, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Johnaman

    I know you guys think that this story is nothing but funny, but there is a very serious side to this. Here in the U.S. the maple syrup industry is all but gone. With the warming climate there has been an invasion of maple tree destroying beetles. I have a friend in Maine who lives ona maple tree farm which has been in existance since the 1700's. But because of the bug invasion the trees are dying faster than can be regrown thus bringing his destiny to an end. He had hopes that his son, and grandson would be able to carry on the tradtion, but this is definately not going to happen. So along with a majority of other mape tree farms they are going to go extinct. So what has this got to do with the great maple syrup robbery up iin Canada ??? Well those same bugs are moving north as the winters grow more and more mild which means Canada too will soon be loosing it's maple trees. Whether it's global warming, or cyclic climate change it is no laughing matter. The effects on the world are going to be dramatic, and we are all going to have to get use to some radical changes !!!!

    October 5, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rod

    No worries eh! Happy to share it with you. Aboot time we could give you something other than hockey, curlers and beer eh?
    A friend to the north 🙂

    October 5, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carol Smith

      I'm born and raised Canadian for 50 years and have never heard anyone say ABOOT. Where does this American reference come from? Also, we have never used the phrase "Y'ALL". And one more thing, "Canadian Bacon" is BACON! Yep, just like AMERICAN BACON! What you Yanks call Canadian Bacon is actually "Peameal Bacon" or "Pork Loin". Yep, just sayin'.

      October 6, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. IvyLeagueMamaLlama


    October 5, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mark

    How befitting,the Maple Syrup Heist of 2012,solved by the RCMP!This is a Cassic.We will teach our children this in school for years to come.Along with our version of the War of 1812.

    October 5, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Everything will be illuminated soon enough

    Thats Funny ...I haven't see Poo bear in a while? Oh Dear?!

    October 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Everything will be illuminated soon enough

    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

    October 5, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. vmprophet

    wait, WHAAAAAAA? So this is where they've been keeping all the important news

    October 6, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      This is an important story. Imagine if they ran out of the sticky sweet syrup, well, police officers from all over the world would be forced from the donut shop back onto the road. People arrested, crime rates dropping, people happier. It was a direct assault on the North American way of life.
      Good job boys, have a cruller on us!
      Tim's for all cops.

      October 6, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric Weisman

      Arrogance. Why are you so important that this news, in your mind, is not. This is a news story of a major heist of product from a business. They broke the case and recovered the product. Maple syrup production is big business in Quebec and parts of the northeast US with many folks working hard to earn a living. $30 million comes out of the collective pockets of those people. What do you do, deal in fraudulant mortgages?

      October 6, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
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