Local law enforcement agents have made what they say is a break-through in a very strange case involving a Canadian storage facility that held millions of gallons of maple syrup. Readers may recall the news that one of the world’s largest maple syrup reserves had allegedly been robbed of nearly $30 million-worth of the sweet pancake topper. Employees conducting a routine inventory of the St. Louis-De-Blandford facility, which is in the province of Quebec, noticed that several 45-gallon barrels used to store the syrup had been inexplicably emptied. At the time, the full extent of the loss was not fully known as employees were still checking their inventory in order to determine how much maple syrup was gone. The facility was a strategic global reserve for the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers and is said to have housed more than 10 million gallons of maple syrup. Local law enforcement began investigating the case and was initially perplexed as to how so much of the sweet liquid could have gone missing without anyone noticing. Investigators approached an exporter in Quebec and asked to search his facility in relation to the theft. Authorities then seized 600 barrels of syrup and claim it is their first major break in the case. The exporter, whose name is Etienne St-Pierre, told reporters that his stock, which was awaiting normal shipment, was sold to him by his normal group of suppliers. The confiscated maple syrup was then transported back to the St. Louis-Blandford facility by heavily armed guard. St-Pierre has not been charged with a crime and Canadian authorities have not released the names of any suspects in the case.
If transporting maple syrup by armed guard sounds sort of like overkill, one must consider the fact that maple syrup manufacturing is actually big business in Canada. The province of Quebec is, all by itself, the world’s largest producer of maple syrup and puts out roughly 80% of the liquid sold every year all over the globe. As much as 75% of the maple syrup sold in the United States is imported from Canada. For comparison, the amount of maple syrup stored at the facility in St. Louis-Blandford equaled nearly half the amount of syrup produced by the United States annually. The St. Louis-Blandford storage facility is largely used to store maple syrup simply as a back up to normal production-in case there are any shortages as a result of a disappointing syrup production season. Authorities involved with the case did not say whether there was more maple syrup to track down.
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When a Los Angeles theft crime defense attorney represents a client, they can range from a young person who is down on their luck to someone who is much older. In one case in Torrance, a woman who is much older than the average criminal is in need of some major assistance from a lawyer.
The woman, Doris Thompson, has a criminal record that dates back to 1955 and has operated under at least two dozen different aliases throughout the years. She was sentenced on February 24 to 3 years in prison following a December arrest for a burglary of a Torrance medical building.
Thompson thanked the judge for not sending her to county jail and knew that her plea bargain and quick guilty plea saved her from a lengthy sentence that could have seen her spending up to 12 years in prison.
According to employees at the medical building, Thompson snuck into the building as a male employee was working and stuck around until her left on December 19. She then proceeded to take items from drawers and money as well. Thompson was arrested on February 4 and was charged with burglary. Her criminal record began on 1955; her first offense was disturbing the peace. Over the next half century, Thompson was arrested for crimes such as; petty theft, burglary, connection to a homicide, forgery, receiving stolen property and grand theft. She served jail time for many of the offenses over the years.
Thompson was ordered to pay the medical building $1,427 as reimbursement for the crime. Thompson has had a very long criminal record that dates back more than a half century, but other defendants who are first time offenders can also face similar consequences regardless of it being their first or twentieth time committing a crime. Thompson was deemed insane and sent to a hospital in connection with the homicide, but she continued to commit because she believes that the government doesn’t support its citizens, financially, as well as they should.
If you have been accused of a Los Angeles burglary or theft, you need a dedicated theft defense attorney on your side to protect your rights in court. The professional team at Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, can help you out if you’ve been accused of charged with a Los Angeles theft or burglary. We serve Southern California and are rated as one of the top law firms in the country. If you have been accused of a theft or burglary, contact us immediately at 1-877-781-1570.
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