Maple Heist

Police probing Quebec maple syrup heist worth up to $30 million

Quebec police are on the hunt for a sticky-fingered thief after millions of dollars of maple syrup vanished from a Quebec warehouse.

The theft was discovered during a routine inventory check last week at the St-Louis-de-Blandford warehouse, where the syrup is being held temporarily. The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, which is responsible for the global strategic maple syrup reserve, initially kept the news quiet, hoping it would help police solve the crime quickly.

He said it's very difficult to trace and track maple syrup, so catching an illegitimate seller could be a significant challenge.

Note: The Global Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve is a thing that exists.

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15 Responses:

  1. pavel_lishin says:

    Gentlemen, you cannot fight in here! This is a Denny's!

    • As of there ever was actual maple syrup in a Denny's... ;-)

      • James C. says:

        There is in Canadian Denny’s! You can tell which one you’re in by the subtle inclusion of a maple leaf in the logo. The All-American Grand Slam doesn’t change, but presumably you’re supposed to read ‘American’ = ‘North America’ rather than ‘American’ = ‘United Statesian’.

  2. Otto says:

    The Global Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve doesn't just exist, it apparently exists in order to maintain price stability, presumably in case of a maple syrup related crisis.

    "Quebec produces 94 per cent of Canada's maple syrup and 77 per cent of the world's supply."

    Our maple syrup supply line is clearly in need of diversification. We're literally putting all our pancakes into one sweet and sticky basket here!

    • James C. says:

      You just wait until we hit Peak Maple.

    • Nick Lamb says:

      Not exactly a crisis, just the vagaries of nature.

      Maple syrup, like honey, is sweet because a natural system was storing energy and then we stole it. This time it's trees. In the right weather conditions the maple will stash energy and that eventually results in lots of sugary sap that is tapped and used to manufacture maple syrup. But this is season dependant, so you can't make maple syrup all year round, and some years you'll get a better harvest than others. The reserve isolates the market from nature somewhat, and thus maintains price stability.

  3. Andrew says:

    Who can we turn to, to close the Maple Syrup Gap!

  4. Austinite says:

    You know there are HFCS manufacturers that have been waiting for this day to come!

  5. Giles says:

    I hope this is the plot of Super Troopers 2.

  6. James says:

    "Contents of 16,000 45-gallon barrels, siphoned off and reported stolen from a central distribution centre in August, have been found. The Sûreté du Québec and the RCMP obtained search warrants last week and raided a facility in New Brunswick. While Sergeant Daniel Thibodeau of the SQ could do no more than confirm that a search warrant “had been executed,” sources told The Gazette that an “important” amount of product was found in a maple syrup processing and exporting facility in Kedgwick, NB."