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Yes, you read that right. In 2011 and 2012, 2'700 tons of maple syrup worth $18 million was stolen from a Quebec warehouse. Clever criminals with a sweet tooth for crime drained large barrels and replaced the contents with water, their theft going unnoticed for months. Eventually a routine inventory discovered the switcheroo and investigators began their search for the missing syrup.
Thankfully, two thirds of the syrup was recovered. The sticky-fingered thieves were eventually caught and given hefty fines and prison sentences. We doubt they'll be enjoying pancakes and syrup in prison!
If tons and dollars don't mean much to you, the amount of syrup stolen would have provided enough syrup for 183 million pancakes!
Did You Know:
Quebec maintains a strategic maple syrup reserve. The province is responsible for 75% of the world's maple syrup production, and many jobs and livelihoods rely on the industry. The reserve makes sure there is always maple syrup ready and available for the global maple syrup market.
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