BRISTOL, Conn. (WTNH) — Only a broken padlock and empty boxes are left after thousands of pairs of socks were stolen from a homeless outreach organization in Bristol.
About 10 boxes of the socks were stolen last week from Brian’s Angels. Pat Stebbins, the group’s executive director, said it’s not only about the number of socks stolen, but their quality.
The socks are Bombas, which donates a pair to homeless programs for every pair purchased.
“People don’t get blisters on their feet because they fit well, they have no seams,” Stebbins said. “It’s a comfortable sock for people who are walking miles every day.”
Bombas told News 8 that the stolen boxes contained more than 2,000 pairs of socks — worth $10,000.
“Our mouths dropped,” Jessica Bolesta, who volunteers at Brian’s Angels, said. “We were thinking like $2,000 or $3,000 maybe, but that’s a lot of money.”
She said the group is constantly replacing ripped socks for those who are homeless.
“With all these gone, I mean, I don’t know if we’re going to make it through the winter,” Bolesta said.
Stebbins doesn’t expect the thief to turn themselves in. As for Bombas, it plans to help.
“We’re saddened by this news and are planning to replenish the stolen items as quickly as possible,” a statement from the company to News 8 reads. “Supporting those in need is the lifeblood of Bombas and the reason why the business exists — we’re honored to be able to continue to support Brian’s Angels and our 3,500+ giving partners across the country who do incredible work to support their communities every day.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bristol Police Department.