NCPR’s David Sommerstein already brought you the story of Quebec’s Strategic reserve of Maple Syrup. Reports of a major theft of syrup from a warehouse connected to that reserve were mentioned in an In Box post early this September.
In further developments, media reports suggest some of the hot syrup may have turned up in an exporter’s warehouse in New Brunswick. (One has to wonder, how anyone can really tell stolen syrup from the honest kind?)
It’s quirky enough to get picked up by all sorts of news services. Martha Foley tells me NPR mentioned it in a recent newscast. (Sorry, but I can’t link to those ephemeral hourly segments.)
The Wall Street Journal reported on the possible find. Speaking with Anne-Marie Granger Godbout (executive director of the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers) the WSJ report says:
…Quebec police have begun to deliver about 500,000 pounds of maple syrup found at a warehouse in New Brunswick. She said 16 cargo trucks left the New Brunswick facility, under police escort. The maple syrup will be tested to confirm it is part of the missing stock.
Ms. Granger Godbout said that there was still about five million to six million pounds of maple syrup unaccounted for. She said the federation thinks it is unlikely that all of the missing syrup will be recovered, but hopes that Wednesday’s seizure may help identify what she described as a “network” that pulled off the heist.
“It’s not just a gang of teenagers [who] have a beer and want to rob a warehouse,” she said.
The Globe and Mail has a more detailed account. It’s far less funny.
It should be stated that this is an on-going investigation. People and companies mentioned in the articles have not even been charged with anything. To date, those interviewed assert they came by their merchandise honesty, through trusted sources. The Montreal Gazette states that no arrests had been made as of press time Oct 3rd.
But sticky allegations have emerged. Turf wars, basically. Who may buy from whom and what might happen if one bucks the system.
It’s possible this is a larger topic than a simple case of who swiped the syrup.