New type of crime discovered in Corona's time ... Hong Kong seizes gang to steal toilet paper.

Hong Kong police have launched a search and investigation operation to arrest armed thieves who stole hundreds of toilet paper packages Monday, in a city that is suffering from a shortage of many goods due to the purchasing and storage fever of the residents resulting from the spread of the emerging Corona virus.

Hong Kong police have launched a search and investigation operation to arrest armed thieves who stole hundreds of toilet paper packages Monday, in a city that is suffering from a shortage of many goods due to the purchasing and storage fever of the residents resulting from the spread of the emerging Corona virus.

Toilet paper has become a rare commodity in this crowded city, which is a global business center, despite the government's assurances that supplies have not been affected by the spread of the virus.

And the stores found themselves unable to replenish themselves with the goods quickly enough, which caused customers to line up in long lines and disappeared goods from the shelves once the stores opened their doors.

In addition to toilet paper, there was a rush for hand sanitizers and other cleaning preparations. As for foodstuffs, there was demand for rice and pasta.

Police said three men detained a truck driver early Monday outside a store in Mong Kok, a workers-inhabited area with a history linked to the Chinese mafia known as the Triad

A police spokesman told France Presse that three men carrying knives threatened a deliveryman and stole a toilet paper worth 1,000 Hong Kong dollars (130 dollars).

Footage released by Naw TV showed police investigators gathering around boxes for toilet paper outside a store

The state of panic that has swept Hong Kong since the outbreak of the Coronavirus in China is fueled by what the city experienced while facing the outbreak of SARS in 2003, which resulted in the death of 299 people.

This anniversary has left a permanent feeling of distrust towards the city authorities on public health issues, and this time Corona's outbreak coincides with the lowest popularity of the pro-China leadership, which refused to bow to months of demonstrations last year.

The city authorities confirm that the supply of goods is stable, and they blame the responsibility of the buying fever over rumors spread across the Internet, causing a shortage of goods at stores and pharmacies with limited spaces in one of the most crowded cities in the world