Quebec police on hunt for maple syrup bandit

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      Hot on the heels of Richmond's Mystery of the Potato Thief comes another equally troubling tale of food thievery.

      While losing $5,000 worth of spuds is a substantial blow for a local farmer, the bizarre theft is small potatoes (sorry) compared to a burglary in Quebec, where (probably) masked bandits have absconded $30 million of maple syrup.

      According to the CBC, a warehouse in St-Louis-de-Blandford, which housed 3.4 million litres of bulk maple syrup—a tenth of Quebec's 2012 syrup harvest—noticed a large number of barrels missing during a routine inventory check. The warehouse was a temporary site for the sweet, sweet syrup, while a permanent storage facility was being completed.

      Workers are now in the process of determining just how much syrup was stolen, and police are on the hunt for suspects. They are presumed to be sticky.

      Honestly, we expect this hunt to be resolved soon since there are only so many places to store 10 million pounds of a gooey, viscous fluid. May we suggest checking all the Olympic-sized swimming pools in the region?


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