Saturday, November 12, 2016

Maple syrup thief found guilty

A jury has convicted Richard Vallieres for the Great Maple Syrup Robbery of 2012.

He took $18.7 million worth of barreled maple syrup from the marketing board warehouse, replacing it with water.

He told a jury at Trois-Rivieres that he didn’t want to do it, but was forced by a man with a gun.

But the prosecutor called him one of the ringleaders.

Police arrested 26 people; some have pleaded guilty, charges were dropped against some and five have yet to go to trial in January.

Four others were convicted with Vallieres, one of them a buyer from New Brunswick.