Trucker Cleared in Mysterious Case of Stolen Trailer Loaded With Toilet Paper
Guilford County, NC – A trucker discovered hauling a trailer that was reported stolen and containing 18,000 lbs. of toilet paper will not be charged.
Last month, Transportation Nation Network (TNN) reported on a case in North Carolina involving a trucker and a stolen trailer loaded with toilet paper.
Authorities in Guilford County suspected the owner operator, who is still unidentified, could have been involved in an attempted heist.
The incident made national and local news headlines as much of the country fixated on hoarding the suddenly precious commodity amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
On Wednesday, March 18, investigators with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) received a report of a stolen trailer and later spotted a tractor-trailer fitting the description along Interstate 40 in Whitsett.
Authorities then followed the big rig to a warehouse nearby where the truck’s driver was questioned.
Investigators determined the trailer, which was registered in California, was the trailer which had been reported stolen.
Upon further investigation, GCSO deputies discovered 18,000 lbs. of toilet paper inside.
Captain Daryl Loftis with the GCSO tells TNN the owner operator involved in the case “showed no deception.”
“We do not feel he was complicit in stealing it,” Loftis said. “We are not going to charge him with any crimes.”
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Authorities recovered the trailer and quickly unloaded the paper products in order to send them to the final delivery destination.
“We are glad we got it going where it needed to go,” Loftis commented.
He acknowledged the case could be as simple as the trailer somehow went missing, but was not actually stolen.
Loftis says no charges are expected to be filed.
Thus ends the toilet paper caper.