Castleton football stars suspended from team after theft charge
By Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | September 12,2013
Albert J. Marro / Staff File Photo
Castleton State College quarterback George Busharis, right, throws a pass during a game last November.
Two star members of the Castleton State College football team have been suspended indefinitely from the team after being charged with stealing from Dick’s Sporting Goods in Rutland Town.
Vermont State Police also said other students from the college may be involved in $3,000 worth of thefts from the store.
Brandon Boyle, 21, and George Busharis, 19, were cited Tuesday for retail theft, according to police, who said several other Castleton students were involved but had yet to be identified.
Busharis is Castleton’s starting quarterback while Boyle is an All-American wide receiver. Castleton spokesman Jeff Weld issued a statement Wednesday saying both had been suspended indefinitely from the football program.
“This matter is under investigation in cooperation with law enforcement,” Weld said. “Obviously the alleged behavior is unacceptable for any student, whether or not he or she has the privilege of intercollegiate athletic participation. We are very surprised and saddened by this situation.”
Police said Boyle was working at the store Tuesday and helped Busharis get out with about $300 in merchandise. A store employee called police, who said they found Busharis in the parking lot with two full bags and a receipt saying he had purchased a single item for $3.20.
Busharis allegedly told police he and Boyle had done this two or three times in recent weeks. Police said the store estimated its total losses at around $3,000. Police said Boyle admitted helping Busharis and several other friends from school steal from the store.
According to police, Dick’s Sporting Goods loss prevention personnel said they have surveillance video and receipts showing that Boyle has been assisting several of his friends with the theft of merchandise.
Boyle, a Springfield High School graduate, was named to several preseason All-American teams after catching 96 passes, 18 for touchdowns, in 2012. Busharis of Mansfield, Mass., passed for 463 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-31 victory at Plymouth State University in the season opener Saturday.
Herald reporter Tom Haley contributed to this story.