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. herrick9

    Apparently photo surveillance ain't large'n in charge for our northern neighbours yet....

    Sorry don't believe the guy that had possession of it either unless I can see his books, what he paid for it
    and what he paid for it in the past two years....Then of course I wanna see the supplier's books too and what else he's been pilfering on other fronts....Sorry but suspect this story ain't even half-told yet....

    October 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Babula Matongo

      Of course. The world will stop in order to provide you with all the needed proof.

      October 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Twons

      The number of truckloads is pretty telling; 16 trucks is definitely not a small heist and should pretty easily show up as a discrepancy on somebody's books, no matter how long they have been in business.

      Also, the only reason "ain't" (as a contraction for "am not") is not an accepted word is because generations of grammatical snobs have refused to acknowledge its historical prevalence of consistent and frequent usage by lower class (presumably) lesser educated individuals and slaves. Though "ain't" has been commonly used and understood by the masses in the English language for about 400 years it still is not recognized. as opposed to the word "bling" which is just about 15 years old and oddly enough is widely recognized as a legitimate word.

      October 6, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anniebird

    Sounds like a sticky situation.

    October 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • hollander

      Ah shucks-you took my joke!

      October 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jackie Treehorn

    Somebody must pay for this viscous crime!

    October 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • wolfpackbob

      Most excellent.

      October 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. lokn7ode

    Tout suite

    October 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      You mean tout SWEET.

      October 6, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. steve

    I did the math on this. If the numbers in the blog are right, then maple syrup is $955 a gallon!?!? Man I'm in the wrong business..

    October 6, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Babula Matongo

      The total value of the stolen syrup is 30 million. Only a part of the sticky loot was recovered

      October 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. theoldman

    I wonder if the charges will stick ?

    October 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Glenn

    Sounds like the police are waffling on their stories.

    October 6, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Babula Matongo

    The forces of order succeeded at last to get the syrup back. Everyone admitted that the situation was very sticky for a while. The Quebec Provincial Police, the RCMP ( who always get their syrup) as well as Weight Watchers, working in tandem, got the syrup back, allowing retail stores to breathe once again and pancake lovers to dream about the syrupy breakfasts again. A conclusion was reached by all: Maple Syrup is much better than wars anytime.

    October 6, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Douglasdinberg

    The purchaser must be a real sap.

    October 6, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jesse

    i might be SUGER but this story is PANCAKES!!

    October 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. warped one

    Sweet! Now we can have our pancake and eat it too.

    October 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mary

    Altho Real maple syrup ( not that bulk imitation stuff in most supermarkets & pancake houses ) is rather pricy ,
    I do think that $30M estimate and the 119K liters do Not compute .

    October 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joseph

    Winnie the pooh was taken in to custody!

    October 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rick Springfield

    China has not maple syrup production to speak of. So they have a very huge interest in importing it any way they can and then dump it on world markets for a huge profit. Crackle Barrel restaurant buys around 70 percent of the US maple syrup supplies. I usually order it from a Vermont sugar company. I ship small amounts of grade A dark to people in other countries where its too expensive for them to get it domestically.

    October 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. t3chsupport

    Phew, finally... the world can rest just that much easier now that the Great Maple Syrup Caper of 2012 has come to a close. Let's all hug our children.

    October 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      This was a sticky situation. Da Da Dum

      October 6, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      May they suffer the same fate as the Apple Dumpling Gang.

      October 6, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
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