$10K reward offered in $150,000 maple syrup heist
Josh Elliott, CTVNews.ca
Published Friday, August 12, 2016 2:45PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, August 12, 2016 6:44PM EDT
A trucking company is offering a $10,000 reward for the return of about $150,000 of maple syrup that was stolen from a holding facility in Montreal.
Police say the sticky-fingered thieves made off with the precious commodity overnight on Sunday, using a transport truck to haul the container trailer.
About three-quarters of the world’s syrup comes from Quebec. It’s worth about 25 times the price of oil.
The 20,000 litre-batch of maple syrup was supposed to be shipped to Japan last Thursday, but Mexuscan Transport had been forced to store the shipment at the holding facility due to a delay.
Police recovered the trailer in the west Montreal borough of Saint Laurent, but the maple syrup was gone.
Alfred Monaco, vice-president of the trucking company Mexuscan, says he's offering a $10,000 reward for the return of the maple syrup because trucking insurance doesn't cover the full cost of the theft. He said his policy has a $50,000 deductible.
Although the theft could prove costly for Mexuscan, it's not the sweetest heist ever pulled off in Quebec. That distinction belongs to the massive maple syrup heist of 2011-2012, in which 2.7 million litres of the stuff were stolen from a warehouse in Quebec. The syrup was estimated to be worth $18 million.
More than a dozen individuals were later arrested in the case.
With a report from CTV Montreal’s Derek Conlon