Police are still on the hunt for the three perpetrators of the Great Toilet Paper Heist of 2020, which saw hundreds of toilet paper rolls stolen from a delivery worker at knifepoint on Monday amid a coronavirus panic-induced run on the increasingly precious commodity.
Officers, meanwhile, have arrested two guesthouse employees — whom Headline Daily identified as a 49-year-old surnamed Tam and a 54-year-old surnamed Ko — who allegedly took the stolen toilet paper into their building after it was apparently abandoned by the robbers.
Police confirmed to Coconuts HK that Ko has been released on bail and must report to the police station in March, while Tam as of this afternoon has still been detained for further investigation.
According to Now TV News, police looked at CCTV footage in the area and found that the three masked bandits who stole the toilet paper fled around the corner and threw the stolen goods into a building on Sai Yee Street, about 50 meters away from the supermarket on Mong Kok Road that the toilet paper was intended for.
Police went inside the building to make inquiries, but had to force their way into the guesthouse where the toilet paper was allegedly being kept after Tam and Ko reportedly refused to cooperate.
Officers are still looking for the three men who actually staged the robbery.
Panic-buying prompted by the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has seen a rush on various products, including face masks, hand sanitizer, and — starting earlier this month — toilet paper.
The run on T.P. was prompted by rumors online that supplies would soon be wiped out as the coronavirus took its toll on mainland production. Although local supermarket chains and the government have reassured people that the rumors were false, and that there was plenty of toilet paper, the assurances haven’t been enough to cool the overheated demand.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong authorities confirmed last night that two more people have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the city to 60. The latest two cases include the wife and colleague of a previously confirmed case.