Knife-Wielding Robbers in Hong Kong Steal 600 Rolls of Toilet Paper Amid Coronavirus Panic

Police in Hong Kong said they have arrested two armed robbers who stole 600 rolls of toilet paper outside a supermarket—a sign of just how scarce the basic necessity has become amid panic buying due to the coronavirus outbreak.

According to local media, a truck driver was delivering the toilet paper rolls to a supermarket in the Mong Kok neighborhood at approximately 5 a.m. About an hour later, three knife-wielding men in their 20s wearing caps and face masks showed up. One of them threatened the driver with two knives as the other two loaded about 50 packs of toilet paper—or 600 rolls—onto a cart.

The toilet paper was later found stashed in a nearby guesthouse, where police arrested two suspects. One is still at large.

Along with medical face masks and cleaning products, necessities such as toilet paper, rice, canned food and other household staples have become heavily sought after in Hong Kong in the wake of the outbreak of coronavirus, officially named COVID-19.

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