Castleton Players Suspended After Theft Charges

Castleton, Vt. — Two football players were suspended from the Castleton State College football team Wednesday and will face discipline from the school after being charged by state police in a scheme to steal merchandise from a Rutland sporting goods store.

George Andrew Busharis, 19, of Mansfield, Mass., and Brandon Boyle, 19, of Springfield, were cited on retail theft charges Tuesday, Vermont State Police said.

Busharis was found leaving a Dick’s Sporting Goods with merchandise for which he did not have a receipt, police said.

Busharis later told investigators he and Boyle, who worked at the store, had collaborated to steal merchandise from the store on several occasions, police said.

Castleton’s Division III football team plays in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference.

College spokesman Jeffrey Weld said Wednesday the two were suspended from the team and would be subject to the college’s judicial process.

“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,” he said by email.

Busharis, a sophomore quarterback, was 25 of 40 for 463 yards in Castleton’s season opener last Saturday at Plymouth State. Boyle, a senior wide receiver, caught eight passes for 156 yards.

Emails to Busharis and Boyle seeking comment were not returned.