Sticky-fingered thieves target sap in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Sticky-fingered thieves are stealing sap right out of Maine's maple trees.

Maine
Forest Ranger Thomas Liba says as far as he can tell, the culprits are
taking the sap home and boiling it down to make syrup for personal use.
But they're damaging valuable maple trees and dissing landowners who
haven't given them permission to be on their property.

Liba says
he's seen more sap theft reports in recent years. Illegal taps were even
found in a city-owned cemetery in Calais recently.

The best maple
trees are high value. They can be used for furniture or cabinet veneers
or taken to a sawmill. But when the trees are damaged, they're only
suitable for less profitable uses.