Rex Chapman arrested, charged on stealing $14K of Apple merchandise


rex-chapman-conferenceFormer NBA sharpshooter, NBA executive Rex Chapman was arrested Sept. 19, accused of shoplifting more than $14,000 in Apple merchandise from a retail store.

Police said Chapman is alleged to have stolen items from the Apple Store at the Scottsdale Quarter on seven occasions in recent months,USA Today reported.

According to public records, Chapman owns or rents a residence in the neighboring development of Kierland Commons.

Apple Store employees told police that Chapman picked up items in the store and made look like he was paying for them using a self-checkout system via iPhone app. He would then leave the store without paying for the items.

Chapman allegedly took the items to a local pawn shop and sold them for cash, according to Sgt. Mark Clark, a Scottsdale police spokesman. The store’s estimated loss is more than $14,000.

The store managers were able to recognize Chapman “based on his previous celebrity status as an NBA basketball player”.

Police detectives ewre able to took Chapman to custody, after stopping his car on Sept. 19. He was released from jail Saturday afternoon.

Chapman is facing nine counts of organized retail theft and five counts of trafficking in stolen property, all felonies.

Chapman spent 12 seasons in the NBA, playing for Charlotte Hornets, Washington Bullets, Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns. Never an All-Star, Chapman still averaged double figures in scoring in all but one of his NBA seasons. He played a total of 666 NBA games (started in 490), averaging 14.6 ppg in 29.3 mpg.



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