I am always surprised at the human genius. First, to discover that processing maple syrup is worth millions of dollars and second, to decide that is a good idea to steal it. The thieves had a few things going for them - it's Canada, night security is probably lax around a maple syrup plant (we're not talking Fort Knox here), they only had to traverse a fence and locks. Seems like an inside job because they obviously knew the schedule, that the product was only there for a short period, how much the syrup was worth, and how to get it out of the original barrels into something else for transport.
If more criminals were this smart, I would be out of a job. Contrast the sticky bandits with these guys:
Enough of the bank and gas station robberies! Watch out molasses plant. Enjoy the day off.