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Police In Quebec Make Arrests In Huge Robbery Of $18 Million Worth Of Maple Syrup
December 18, 2012
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This past summer, we posted a story about a huge maple syrup robbery in Quebec - as much as $30 million worth.

Well today, there's word police have arrested three people on charges of theft, conspiracy, handling stolen goods and fraud.

Richard Vallières, 34, of Loretteville and Avik Caron, 39, of Saint-Wenceslas, along with a third person were arrested without a warrant.

Police say they're still looking for five other people in connection with the robbery.

Between August of last year and July of this year, thieves got away with 9,600 barrels of maple syrup from a warehouse in Saint-Louis-de-Blandford, about 95 kilometres southwest of Quebec City.

The stolen syrup ended being worth about $18 million. Quebec provincial police aren't saying how thieves managed to get away with that much.

Authorities obtained search warrants in Quebec, New Brunswick, Ontario and in the United States.

Officials said they've found about two-thirds of the stolen syrup. They also seized electronic scales, elevator platforms and kettles used to produce syrup.

The warehouse in Saint-Louis-de-Blandford stored about 3.4 million litres of syrup, which belonged to the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers.

The federation represents Quebec's 7,500 producers.

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