George Busharis, 19 is one of the students accused of working together to steal merchandise from Dick's Sporting Goods in Rutland.
His court appearance was short.
George Busharis, 19 a Castleton College Football player stood silent as his lawyer entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
Busharis is charged with four counts of retail theft as police say he stole more than one thousand dollars’ worth of merchandise.
On September 10th police say they found Busharis walking out of the store with multiple items but a receipt showing he purchased only one item for $3.12.
After an investigation police arrested five more Castleton College students: Brandon Boyle, 21 who’s also an employee at Dick’s; Mark Comstock, 22; Eric Cross, 19; Dominic Heller, 21; and Zachary Howe, 28.
Jeff Weld a spokesman for the college says four of the students are football players and two are on the soccer team. Because of their involvement Castleton suspended all six students from participating in sports.
On campus, some students say the mood is really back to normal. They say no one is talking about the arrests any more. Students also said the football team hasn't performed as well without those key players.
Weld sent us the following statement:
“The college continues to be as transparent as the law will allow in helping the state police with their investigation of this off-campus incident. We stand by these young men. We view them as good people who made mistakes. However, the seriousness of their decisions is not taken lightly, and participating in athletics at Castleton is a privilege that they are not afforded at this time. The incident was shocking to the college community, and the behavior of the individuals who are alleged to have been involved is not representative of that of the rest of our students. We continue to move forward, and focus on the positive contributions the vast majority of our students continue to make to the campus, the region, and beyond”.
Weld says all of the students are still enrolled in classes at Castleton State College.
Four of the other students are scheduled to appear in court in November.