Someone in Quebec is stealing apple trees: SQ
Of all the reported produce stolen across Quebec in recent months, another has been added to the list: apple trees.
Not just the apples from the trees — the entire trees.
The owner of an orchard in the Rougemont district, southeast of Montreal, found that a little over 140 small apple trees had gone missing from the orchard.
It's thought that they were taken sometime between 4:30 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. Saturday, when all the owner could find of the trees were holes in the ground.
The SQ's Joyce Kemp says she can't tell for sure excatly what the pilfered trees were worth, but as part of the ongoing investigation, it has been listed as under $5,000.
This recent heist is just one of many agricultural thefts in the province, in what would make for an extremely bizarre recipe.
The most infamous case took place between July 2011 and August of last year, when 16,000 barrels — $22 million worth — of maple syrup were stolen from storage in St-Louis-de-Blandford.
Late last year, 465 tons of corn — worth about $140,000 — went missing from a farm in St-Leonard d'Aston.
And earlier this month, the owner of a farm in St-Malo, near the New Hampshire border, reported that someone had made of with some 2000 bulbs of garlic, worth about $2 each.