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From: The Boston Globe

A case of sticky fingers at a Vermont barn

By Mina Corpuz, Globe Correspondent

Someone sure has sticky fingers. Sixty-three gallons of maple syrup were stolen the week of March 27, 2016 from a shop at a family orchard in southern Vermont, authorities said.

Vermont State Police are looking for the thief who took about $4,000 worth of homemade syrup from Dwight Miller Orchards in Dummerston, said Trooper James Matthews.

The theft happened between late Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, Matthews said. There was no video surveillance of the area.

“They have a farmstand inside a barn they leave unsecured,” Matthews said. “It’s an honor system. People come in, take the product they need, and leave money.”

Quite a selection of syrup is missing, Matthews said. Other items for sale were left behind by the bandit.

Matthews said a gallon of syrup weighs about 11 pounds. He speculated that loading equipment and carts from the shop were used to haul the syrup into a vehicle.

The orchard has been stuck with this problem before: About a decade ago, an even larger amount was taken.

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