FORT PIERCE, Fla. -- Is a toilet paper burglar floating around in Fort Pierce?
Some might conclude that after a recent report of a home break-in in the 300 block of South 31st Street.
A 62-year-old man told Fort Pierce police he left his residence at 5:30 p.m. April 24, and when he returned the next morning he noticed a window pried open and toilet paper missing from a bathroom, a police report states.
Police dusted for fingerprints, but located none. The report didn't state whether investigators suspected prints may have been wiped away.
Toilet paper, often referred to as TP, is a paper product typically found in the context of toilets, commodes, bathrooms, lavatories and outhouses. Stored on cardboard tubes known as rolls, toilet paper can be made of multiple layers.
It addition to toilet paper's conventional role in cleaning up after relieving oneself, toilet paper can be employed in nose blowing or make-up removal.
In the Fort Pierce toilet paper caper, the make and model of bathroom tissue were not listed.
With the report stating there were no witnesses or information about possible suspects, the police did not appear to be flush with leads.
According to toiletpaperhistory.net, modern toilet paper first was made in 1391 when created for the Chinese emperor family, but the first commercially packaged TP was created in 1857 by Joseph C. Gayetty. The first toilet paper sold in rolls apparently rolled on the marketplace decades later.
Other developments in toilet paper history came in 1935 as Northern Tissue invented splinter free toilet paper and in 1973 when the United States weathered a toilet paper shortage.
"Today the manufacture of toilet paper is a large industry," according to toiletpaperhistory.net. "The modern toilet paper has definitely made life much easier and more hygienic for us all."