A sap bucket thief has brought a sour note to Vermont's maple sugaring season.
Fred Hopkins tells MyNBC5 that someone took 140 of his sap buckets, a first for him.
Hopkins makes award-winning maple syrup at his home in the town of St. Albans and gifts it to friends and family.
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He says he has since replaced many of the buckets that were located near a cemetery and the Franklin County Sportsman's Club.
St. Albans police are looking for the culprit.