Two Arrests Made in Maple Syrup Heist

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LONGUEUIL, Q.C. — The Quebec organization that was robbed of six-million pounds of maple syrup last summer will be getting most of the sweet substance back, according to Quebec police, who announced they made two arrests in the ongoing case.

Last summer, during a routine check, barrels of maple syrup went missing from a warehouse belonging to The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers in St-Louis-de-Blandford, Que. Upon investigation, the Federation discovered approximately 60 per cent of the warehouse’s supply of maple syrup had been stolen.

According to a statement from the Quebec police — the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) — Richard Vallieres, 34, of Loretteville, Que., and Avik Caron, 39, of St-Wenceslas, Que., as well as a third suspect, were arrested and will appear today at a courthouse in Trois-Rivières, Que., to answer charges of conspiracy to commit theft, theft, handling stolen goods and fraud. Five others were named and warrants have been issued for their arrest.

The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers issued a statement that two-third of the stolen syrup has now been traced by the SQ and seized in various Canadian provinces, while some of the goods were traced to the United States. The federation will attempt to recover the stolen syrup and proceeds from the sale.

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