Canadians Seize Stolen Maple Syrup

But no arrests made yet in $20m heist

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 4, 2012 3:22 AM CDT

(Newser) – Authorities in Canada appear to be closing in on the sticky-fingered crooks behind history's biggest maple syrup heist. Police have seized more than $1.4 million worth of syrup—500,000 pounds of the stuff—from a warehouse in New Brunswick, the Globe and Mail reports. Investigators will test the seized syrup to confirm it is part of the $20 million in stock stolen from Quebec's strategic syrup reserve. A lawyer for the company that bought the syrup says its suppliers are "small, poor farmers" and it had no idea it was buying stolen syrup.

Quebec produces around 75% of the world's maple syrup, and keeps large amounts in reserve in case of rises in demand or drops in supply.   (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
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