Thieves Steal Millions Worth of ... Maple Syrup

Sticky loot in Canada could be worth up to $30M

By Liam Carnahan,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 31, 2012 12:48 PM CDT

(Newser) – Pancake enthusiasts, be on the lookout—thieves in Quebec have made off with a "substantial amount" of maple syrup, and the sweet haul could be worth as much as $30 million. A routine inventory check last week of a temporary warehouse where the syrup was being stored revealed the theft, and officials from the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers are less than hopeful that the thieves left behind any sticky trail, reports the Globe and Mail.

A spokeswoman for the group says there will still be enough syrup to go around, and producers are protected by insurance. However, she is worried that if the maple syrup is taken to a black market of sorts, it could undercut the price and affect sales worldwide. “If it’s a big volume, it could be very harmful for the maple syrup industry. The companies that are working in this industry will have to compete with some company that didn’t pay for the maple syrup.” (Click here and here to read about other bizarre heists.)

In  2009 file photo, maple syrup bottles line a shelf at the Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks in East Montpelier, Vt.
In 2009 file photo, maple syrup bottles line a shelf at the Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks in East Montpelier, Vt.   (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
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