Monday 5 December 2016

Sweet-tooth thieves steal $150,000 of maple syrup in overnight heist

Published 13/08/2016 | 15:35

The company is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who can help recover the stolen bottles Photo:Getty Images
The company is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who can help recover the stolen bottles Photo:Getty Images

A Canadian shipping company is appealing to the public to help get it out of a sticky situation after $150,000 worth of maple syrup was stolen in an overnight heist.

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According to the Financial Times Mexuscan Cargo is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who can help recover the nearly 13,000 bottles taken from a yard on the Island of Montreal.

The company said thieves broke into their yard in Quebec on August 8 and stole a shipping container with 20,000 kilograms of one-litre bottles of maple syrup onto a truck and broke through the fence.

The shipment was due to be shipped to Japan the next day.

Mexuscan vice-president Alfredo Monaco told the Financial Times:  “You can’t sell this at the corner store. People will know what it is, so it’s probably harder to get rid of on the black market."

He says that although the syrup was insured, the company will still be out a $50,000 deductible, which is not an easy hit to take in a low-margin industry like shipping.

This is not the first time thieves in Quebec have targeted the pricey sap of the sugar maple. Between August 2011 and July 2012, $18 million worth of maple syrup was stolen from warehouses before police dismantled the criminal network responsible and arrested 26 people.

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