RUTLAND, Vt. – Vermont State Police say an employee of a retail store was aiding at least one customer in theft of merchandise.
According to authorities, a Dick's Sporting Goods employee in Rutland contacted police Tuesday, saying the male customer believed to be stealing items was in the store.
As State Police arrived, the employee pointed out George Busharis, 19, who was leaving the store with two bags of merchandise. As police confronted Busharis, a receipt was presented, showing only a single item totaling $3.20 was purchased.
Police later determined the man stole $314.00 worth of merchandise from the store. Bursharis admitted to the theft and said he was helped by a friend, Brandon Boyle, 21. Boyle was an employee of Dick's Sporting Goods during the alleged thefts.
Busharis told authorities that he and Boyle were stealing items from the retail store on two or three different occasions over the last two or three weeks.
Boyle admitted assisting Busharis, during questioning. Both are students at Castleton State College and told police other students at the college were involved in the theft of merchandise.
Loss prevention personnel at Dick's Corporate Office told police they have been looking into Boyles possible involvement in the case. They also told State Police that surveillance video and receipts show Boyle has been assisting several people with theft. It is estimated that more than $3,000 worth of merchandise was stolen.
Busharis and Boyle were issued criminal citations and were released.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Vermont State Police in Rutland at 802-773-9101.