North Carolina Sheriff: Thousands of pounds of toilet paper found in stolen tractor-trailer

If news of the toilet paper shortages in stores across the U.S. as the coronavirus spreads isn’t enough, now comes a news break story where 18,000 pounds of commercial bathroom paper products was found in a stolen tractor-trailer in North Carolina.

On March 18, 2020, the Guilford County North Carolina Sheriff’s Office reported initiating an investigation involving a violation of North Carolina’s Motor Vehicle law by a driver of an 18-wheeler tractor trailer traveling on Interstate 40 in Whitsett, North Carolina.

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Deputies had followed the vehicle to a warehouse/dock facility a short distance off the Interstate and encountered the driver. After further investigation, it was determined that the 53 foot Hyundai dry-van trailer was reported stolen locally and was being utilized to transport nearly 18,000 pounds of commercial bathroom paper products.

The investigation continues and no arrests have been made at this time.

A statement released this past Monday by the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) CEO and President Heidi Brock, stated that the industry is working diligently to respond to the spike in demand for tissue products.

 “American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) members are committed to the safety of our workforce and our end-users. This situation is highly dynamic and changing daily, and the industry is working diligently to respond to the spike in demand for tissue products due to coronavirus (COVID-19) purchases. Rest assured tissue products continue to be produced and shipped – just as they are 52 weeks each year as part of a global market. 

“AF&PA members operate a safe and highly automated process to create and maintain tissue supply, and the paper and wood products industry remains committed to providing customers and businesses worldwide with these essential, everyday products.”

Guilford County North Carolina Sheriff’s Office; American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) (March, 2020) North Carolina Police: Thousands of pounds of toilet paper found in stolen tractor-trailer; American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)