Greensboro men charged with stealing $50K worth of socks

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KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — Two Greensboro men were arrested early Sunday and charged with stealing $50,000 worth of socks from a HanesBrands Inc. distribution center in Kernersville.

The arrests came as part of an investigation into the loss of about $2 million worth of merchandise over the past two years, town police said.

Byron Keith Kearney, 48, and Henry Gerard Jackson, 32, were each charged with felony larceny and felony breaking and entering.

Lt. John Shelor of the Kernersville Police Department said officers had been working on the case in conjunction with the company’s loss prevention department.

HanesBrands Inc. was conducting a surveillance operation Sunday morning and three suspects were seen on camera at the facility at 700 N. Main St. in Kernersville.

Shelor said a gate guard let two men in a large truck into the facility. The two left the building with a truckload of socks having an estimated value of $50,000. An officer stopped the truck at 1:17 a.m. on N.C. 66 near the Business 40 interchange, Shelor said.

A warrant identified Kearney as the driver of the truck.

Shelor said all three suspects in the case were taken into custody and the truck was seized by the police department. He said he didn’t know why the third suspect hasn’t been charged but that the investigation is ongoing.

Police suspect the socks were being sold to another person who was then selling them at flea markets over the past two years. The truck was about as big as a truck could be without being a tractor trailer, Shelor said.

“It’s going to take some time to get all this situated and go back through and look at what they (the suspects) are looking at long term,” he said.

Kearney was in the Forsyth County Jail Sunday evening with bond set at $15,000. Jackson was not in the jail, a spokesman said.

Credit: The Winston-Salem Journal