SWEET TOOTH SEASON RUINED, MAPLE SYRUP BLED OUT
This is a sad story, especially if you like pancakes or waffles. It’s especially sad if you like both. Every spring season two residents of Wake Robin, located in Shelburne, Vermont, take a break from their arduous retirement and get to work. That entails them heading to the sugar house where sap is gathered, hauling in wood where a giant boil is put together. This is all part of the normal process in the production of a lot of maple syrup. But an axe vandal has ruined this season’s sweet tooth desires.
EQUIPMENT SMASHED, STOCK DESTROYED, STOLEN
Alan and Cindy Mayer had been preparing their seasonally sweet products for a forthcoming craft fair, but it’s all been ruined this year. The Mayer Maple Producers simply won’t have their sweet tooth goods to share with eager consumers this year. Someone broke into their sugar house and smashed their equipment to make maple sugar. The vandal also holed eight giant maple syrup barrels and stole 12 gallons on the run.
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Early last week, the couple went into their sugar house and discovered holes in their bottling tanks, their evaporator as well as the preparation pans. Cindy Mayer described the damage as what one would expect from someone wielding an axe. “They just went through and trashed it, basically,” she said. So far, the Mayer’s haven’t been able to estimate the cost of the damage. In total, eight barrels filled with maple syrup were holed with an axe. That left more than 300 gallons of maple syrup ruined, flooding the floor and causing more damage. The axe vandal was thorough.
“That’s nearly an entire season’s worth — an entire crop — it’s on the floor over there,” Mayer said.
DISTURBED INDIVIDUAL, OR SUGAR ESPIONAGE?
The vicious sweet-tooth axe vandal also took 12 gallons of syrup that were to hand, worth almost $500. The only physical evidence left behind was a Marlboro wrapper. The Mayers are still in shock and wonder if this sugar tragedy was the work of a “disturbed individual.” But inquiring minds also wonder, was it a competitor who wanted to wreck their production and destroy their stock?
The investigation by Vermont State Police is ongoing. Let’s just hope that everyone is saccharine when the story ends.
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