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Castleton students involved in retail theft

On Sept. 10, Vermont State Police troopers responded to Dick’s Sporting Goods in Rutland Town after they learned that a Dick’s Sporting Goods employee was believed to be aiding a customer with the theft of merchandise. Prior to arriving, State Police spoke with an employee via telephone and learned that the male customer was still inside the store.

On Sept. 10, Vermont State Police troopers responded to Dick’s Sporting Goods in Rutland Town after they learned that a Dick’s Sporting Goods employee was believed to be aiding a customer with the theft of merchandise. Prior to arriving, State Police spoke with an employee via telephone and learned that the male customer was still inside the store. File photo

— On Sept. 10, Vermont State Police troopers responded to Dick’s Sporting Goods in Rutland Town after they learned that a Dick’s Sporting Goods employee was believed to be aiding a customer with the theft of merchandise. Prior to arriving, State Police spoke with an employee via telephone and learned that the male customer was still inside the store.

Moments after officers arrived, a Dick’s Sporting Goods employee directed the responding Trooper to a male subject who was identified as George A. Busharis, 19, of Castleton. Busharis was observed exiting Dick’s Sporting Goods carrying two bags containing miscellaneous merchandise.

State Police approached Busharis in the parking lot and questioned him about the merchandise in the bags.

Busharis provided a receipt showing he had purchased a single item for $3.20. State Police later determined that the merchandise in Busharis’ possession had a total value of $314.

Busharis admitted stealing several items from the store, and also admitted that he had been assisted by his friend, Brandon Boyle. At the time of the incident, Boyle was employed by Dick’s Sporting Goods.

During questioning, Busharis told State Police that he attends Castleton State College with Boyle and admitted stealing other merchandise from Dick’s Sporting Goods on two or three separate occasions over the last two or three weeks. Busharis said Boyle assisted him on each occasion.

During questioning, Boyle admitted assisting Busharis, and several other Castleton State College students, with the theft of merchandise from Dick’s Sporting Goods. The other subjects involved have not yet been identified.

According to loss prevention personnel at Dick’s Corporate Office, they had been looking into Boyles suspected involvement in the theft of merchandise. Dick’s loss prevention advised me they have surveillance video and receipts showing that Boyle has been assisting several of his friends with the theft of merchandise. Dick’s loss prevention estimates that Boyle and numerous friends are responsible for the theft merchandise valued at more than $3,000.

Busharis and Boyle were issued criminal citations and released.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Vermont State Police in Rutland at 802-773-9101.

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