Last syrup heist suspect arrested

The last member of a gang associated with the massive maple syrup heist was arrested Tuesday morning by Quebec provincial police.

Two thirds of stolen syrup has been recovered

Quebec police say they have arrested the last member of a gang associated with the theft of $18 million of maple syrup, occurring between Aug. 1, 2011 and July 20, 2012. (CBC)

The last member of a gang associated with a series of massive maple syrup heists was arrested Tuesday morning by Quebec provincial police. 

Jean-François Bédard, 42, was arrested in Montreal after a hunt that lasted nearly a year.

The man was wanted in connection with the theft of sweet sap from a warehouse in Saint-Louis-de-Blandford, about 95 kilometres southwest of Quebec City, between Aug. 1, 2011 and July 20, 2012.

At least 2700 tonnes of syrup had been siphoned off over the course of a year, with an estimated value of $18 million.

During the investigation, the the Sûreté du Québec met with more than 300 people in the maple industry and the transport sector.

Fifteen arrests were made in 2012 after a series of maple syrup heists in Quebec. (CBC)

Searches were conducted in Quebec, New Brunswick, Ontario and the northeastern United States.

Two-thirds of the syrup was recovered.

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