Man charged with stealing game controllers

Criminal history includes attempted horse theft charge

NASHUA – A Greater Nashua man who was once accused of attempting to steal a horse is in trouble again, this time for allegedly stealing Xbox game controllers.

Jeremy Tappan, 28, was arrested by the Nashua Police Department on a warrant charging him with stealing four game controllers from Best Buy, a total value just shy of $250, and selling them to an electronics store on Main Street.

He was released Friday on personal recognizance bail.

Police said a Best Buy loss prevention employee tried to stop Tappan when he allegedly saw him take the controllers and put them in a backpack during a June 27 incident. Tappan ran out of the store and got away after the confrontation.

Police tracked down the controllers to the Main Street store, where records showed Tappan sold them for a total of $72.

Tappan, who is listed as having no fixed address, was found Thursday and arrested on the Nashua charges and theft charges out of Hudson.

Tappan last caused a stir in May when he tried running from police, causing a lockdown situation at Bishop Guertin High School. Tappan, at that time, was wanted on a warrant charging him with criminal trespassing. When police tried to arrest him, he ran off into the woods near the school, forcing administrators to take defensive measures as police scoured the area. Tappan was taken into custody after a short chase.

Tappan was arrested last year and faced jail time after he allegedly stole a can of Red Bull energy drink from a Nashua supermarket. His criminal history of theft charges made the stolen can a felony offense.

In July 2015, Tappan was arrested in Hollis after, police say, he was spotted entering a barn on Hayden Road, where he tried to mount and ride away on a horse. Police reports from last year say video surveillance shows Tappan, who was known to officers at the time, taking a drink from a refrigerator in the barn and dumping it onto a pile of horse supplements nearby.