A Gurdon man faces charges of allegedly taking several thousands of dollars worth of state lottery tickets.

A Gurdon man faces charges of allegedly taking several thousands of dollars worth of state lottery tickets.
Gurdon Police Department Lt. Chris Russell responded last month to the Gurdon Quick Mart in response to a report of an employee who had been stealing Arkansas Lottery scratch off tickets. According to a female associated with the store, it was noticed several times that the register of cashier James Cody Tappen was coming up short. Following this occurrence after many shifts, the woman started to investigate the cause.
Studying store paperwork, it was discovered that Tappen had taken around $17,000 worth of the tickets. The 23-year-old defendant was allegedly caught on camera taking tickets out of their holder. He would then scratch off the bottom and was able to scan the barcodes so as to see if they were winners or not. This activity allegedly occurred from May 1 to July 3.
Tappen was brought by Russell to the GPD for questioning. The lieutenant was also able to secure a sizable amount of tickets that the defendant had scratched.
According to Tappen, he would put money in the draw to pay for some tickets and if they were winners, he would then use the winnings to pay for other tickets. At this meeting, a minimum of $17,144 was given as the amount the tickets were worth.
Tappen has been charged for theft greater than $5,000.