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. fritz

    As usual the RCMP always get their man! Sergeant Preston would be proud! ;oD

    October 6, 2012 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. Robyn

    I love you Canada, but the best maple syrup comes from Parker's Maple Barn in Mason, New Hampshire, USA! Real maple syrup is expensive but it is worth it!

    October 6, 2012 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
    • chris

      Robyn that was 100% real maple syrup, that is the only maple syrup exported out of Canada.

      October 6, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • steve mass

      really? lol This is PURE maple syrup which gets shipped to the US where the producers mix crap into it to have more.

      October 6, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • herrick9

      Amen Sista......Vermont entries ain't too shabby either if you know what I mean....:-)

      October 6, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tracy

    . "Ok, lets get 16 guys who can drive tractor tailors to do this big heist!!! and lets just convoy 16 trucks that carry 31,000 gallons of syrup... Nobody will notice us!!! and while we are at it, what were they planning to do? Bottle it? Fence it on the underground maple syrup market? were they gonna cross the border? How do you get rid of 31,000 gallons of maple syrup?

    October 6, 2012 at 4:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. BD70

    So if the syrup is not easily identified do they know that this is the stolen syrup?

    October 6, 2012 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. Thatguy371

    Someone needs to thank Dudley Do-Right of the RCMP. He always gets his syrup.

    October 6, 2012 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. ronvan

    While there ARE some funny parts to this story, "THE GREAT MAPLE SYRUP RAID", I can see that once again, it is about the MONEY, as usual! Wish I had a maple tree in my back yard!

    October 6, 2012 at 4:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. nizzel

    What better way to poison 70-80% of the christian imperialist infidels!

    October 6, 2012 at 5:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. Proud Canadian

    Our RCMP had survellance at a pancake festival, they new eventually the pancakes needed syrup

    October 6, 2012 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. rob brennen


    October 6, 2012 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. Capt. Morgan

    Another sticky situation avoided, thanks to the RCMP

    October 6, 2012 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. A Proud Canadian, eh?

    Real maple syrup in pancake houses?! Not bloody likely...

    October 6, 2012 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. aleicgrant

    man there goes the plot story for the new Oceans 14 movie !!!!!!!!!!

    October 6, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. Roger Ogilvy Thornhill

    The guys who stole it must have had sticky fingers.

    October 6, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. Matvei Leshchyov

    Of course this was in Canada.

    October 6, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. bobcat (in a hat)©

    I drink a quart of maple syrup every morning.

    October 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Babula Matongo

      Your sugar count must be astronomical. It should be very easy for you to see Uranus

      October 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
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