The sweet tooth: The case of the empty maple syrup barrels
Police in Quebec are hunting for some sticky fingered thieves who pulled off the sweetest heist of all – stealing $30-million worth of maple syrup from a warehouse with such precision, the industry group has no idea whodunit, or even when it happened. A team of officers are investigating the crime scene at a warehouse in St. Louis de Blandford, Que., which housed a portion of the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers’ reserve. This is no small stash – Quebec produces 70% to 80% of the world’s maple syrup, and at least 10 million pounds are missing.
Anne-Marie Granger Godbout, the general manager of the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers’ reserve:
We don’t know exactly when it happened and how and who. This is part of the unusual situation, because when we discovered this it was just a routine inventory check. We know exactly the number of barrels, and there is a code on each barrel, and we know the weight of each barrel in each of our warehouses. And then we realized that some of them were empty. We stopped right away and then we just called the police.