(CBS News) Sticky-fingered thieves are stealing the sap right out of Maine’s maple trees.

With little more than a spout-like tap and a bucket, people are looting the liquid out of trees on private property and hauling it away to turn into sweet maple syrup.

There’s been an increase in reported sap thefts the past couple of years, but Maine Forest Service rangers aren’t sure why.

“It could be that landowners are more willing to contact us. But it also may be that more people are venturing out into the woods to try their hand at this,” Ranger Thomas Liba said.

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