Rex Everett Chapman, a former star Phoenix Suns player, was arrested today by Scottsdale police in connection with an Apple Store shoplifting scheme.
Chapman was transported to the Maricopa County Jail, suspected of nine counts of organized retail theft and five counts of trafficking in stolen property, all felonies.
Employees of the Apple Store at 15169 N. Scottsdale Road reported Chapman's alleged shoplifting in August, after it had gone on for a few months. If he was trying to stay discreet, he failed: Employees recognized him as the former NBA star.
Chapman's method was to "appear that he was paying for the items through the store's self-checkout (via iPhone app)," Scottsdale police say. "He would then leave the store without actually paying for the items. He allegedly took the items to a local pawn shop and sold the items for cash."
Chapman allegedly did this seven times, taking $14,000 in products.
Cops stopped his car in northeast Scottsdale today and took him into custody.
Chapman was a standout at the University of Kentucky before moving on to the NBA, where he played for Charlotte Hornets, Washington Bullets, Miami Heat and finally the Phoenix Suns before he retired, according to his Wikipedia entry. On his Twitter site, he describes himself as "a KY homebred. The original #3, McDonald's HS All-Am, UKBB All-Am, 12-yr NBA'er, NBA exec, TV BBall analyst, father, & thoroughbred enthusiast."
Chapman has other legal problems, too. Scottsdale court records show a criminal warrant had been issued for his arrest in June due to his failure to appear in court on numerous traffic violations.
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