Former NBA player Rex Chapman arrested for shoplifting more than $14K in Apple merchandise

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1mD9Nx.AuSt.79Former NBA player Rex Chapman was arrested on Friday.

According to Mike Gertzman of AZFamily.com, former Phoenix Suns guard Rex Chapman was arrested on Friday afternoon for shoplifting at a Scottsdale Apple store. 

Chapman, 46, was arrested on Friday at approximately 1:45 p.m. after police stopped his vehicle in northeast Scottsdale.

The Apple store, where the alleged thefts occurred, is in the Scottsdale Quarter retail center at Scottsdale Road and Greenway Parkway.

Police began investigating the case in August when employees reported a series of shoplifting incidents involving the same suspect over a period of a few months.

The suspect was identified by multiple Apple store employees as Rex Chapman because of his previous celebrity status as an NBA basketball player.

Police said Chapman allegedly picked up items in the store and made it appear that he was paying for them with an iPhone app through the store’s self-checkout system.

He would then leave the store without actually paying for the items. He allegedly took merchandise to a local pawn shop and sold it for cash.

It is believed that Chapman is responsible for seven other incidents of theft reported to Scottsdale police. The merchandise stolen is valued at more than $14,000.

Chapman is facing nine felony counts of Organized Retail Theft and five felony counts of Trafficking in Stolen Property.

Rex Chapman was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 8th pick in the 1988 NBA Draft. In addition to Charlotte, Chapman played for the Washington Bullets, Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns. He spent 12 years in the NBA, averaging 14.6 points and 2.7 assists per game for his career.

It is reported that Chapman made $22 million during his NBA career. 

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