Not all that long ago, thieves would steal and transport things like money or jewelry or computers, but a new crime report from the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department shows that the world is now definitely in a new era.

The department reports that, on Wednesday, March 18, Sheriff’s Department deputies recovered a stolen 18-wheel tractor-trailer carrying nine tons of what is, in today’s age, one of the most valuable items in the world: toilet paper.

On Wednesday, the department’s Specialized Enforcement Unit initiated an investigation that involved a traffic law violation by the driver of the 18-wheeler. The incident occurred on I-40 near Whitsett.

According to the Wednesday, March 19 press release from the department, “Deputies followed the vehicle to a warehouse/dock facility a short distance off of the interstate and encountered the driver. After further investigation, it was determined 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 department hasn’t released any more details but, according to the report, the investigation is ongoing.

There’s no indication that the truck was also carrying the world’s second most valuable item – Purell.

Earlier this year, before the coronavirus pandemic brought the world to its knees, toilet paper was rarely part of criminal black market operations since it could be easily purchased for very little money in a wide variety of styles.

However, since the pandemic, toilet paper – even the very unsatisfactory 1-ply style – has been virtually non-existent on store shelves, so it’s no surprise that alleged criminal activity is now working to meet that demand.

In daily press conferences, President Donald Trump and other government officials have asked time and time again that Americans not hoard items such as hand sanitizer and toilet paper; however, those pleas continue to fall on deaf ears. One local supermarket manager said that his store some days gets a shipment of toilet paper in at around 5:30 a.m., and by 6:15 a.m. it is completely gone.