KAYSVILLE — The new coronavirus slowly spreading worldwide may be some people’s No. 1 concern, but police say they have had to deal with a No. 2 problem possibly related to it.
Yes, someone appears to be stealing their toilet paper.
"We received a complaint in our lobby that consistently the men’s restroom was devoid of toilet paper, and we have someone who is employed to actually stock that, and it shouldn’t be running out so quickly, we would assume," said Kaysville police officer Joshua Danielson.
The apparent toilet paper bandit hasn’t struck the station’s women’s bathrooms, Danielson said.
The department noticed the problem at the same time many stores across Utah started reporting empty shelves as customers stock up on supplies such as toilet paper and water bottles. It reached a point that Salt Lake City’s Costco set a limit earlier this week that a customer could only purchase three cases of toilet paper at a time.
Danielson’s not sure if the thief wiped the station’s toilet paper over concerns of the new coronavirus; however, the department posted a message about it on Facebook Friday morning, which reads: "For those of you preparing for the Coronavirus, what is the need for the hoarding of toilet paper? The Kaysville Community must be in a state of crisis that someone has resorted to obtaining all the toilet paper from the KPD’s public restrooms. We love our community and we are here to serve you, but cops need toilet paper too!"
The stinky situation remains under investigation, Danielson said. Police just want the public to know they shouldn't resort to taking public toilet paper as some stores run out.
There is a happy ending to their situation, though. Police tweeted later in the morning that a resident came by to donate a half-dozen new rolls for the station.
Update to the toilet paper crisis! A kind citizen just donated toilet paper to the police department advising “you need this more than I do”. pic.twitter.com/DKcA1z2ARw— Kaysville Police (@KaysvillePolice) March 6, 2020
Contributing: Heather Kelly, KSL NewsRadio