Scottsdale police: Apple store video shows ex-Suns player Rex Chapman stealing

Video surveillance captured former Suns guard Rex Chapman stealing on nine occasions from the same Apple retail store in north Scottsdale, police records show.

Chapman was arrested Friday on suspicion of shoplifting more than $14,000 in merchandise, including multiple headphones and a hard drive, according to the documents released Monday.

Police said that within days of each incident, Chapman would visit the same Scottsdale pawnshop near Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard and sell the stolen merchandise for less than half of its value.

Investigators requested a $25,000 bond for Chapman, citing his work as a sportscaster who “travels all over the country for his job,” according to police documents.

The judge set his bond at $14,000, which Chapman promptly posted.

He was released from custody just before 1 p.m. Saturday, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said Chapman’s illicit activities at the Apple store in the Scottsdale Quarter were caught on tape on nine occasions between late May and early August, including two days when he visited the store twice.

Chapman typically entered the store with a white Apple sales bag that he filled with the stolen merchandise, according to police documents.

Scottsdale police said Chapman would make it appear that he was purchasing the items through an iPhone app that allows customers to self-checkout within an Apple store before leaving without paying for the items.

In August, an Apple store manager saw Chapman walk out of the store with two sets of headphones that he did not pay for, police said.

The manager followed Chapman to the parking lot and told police he immediately recognized Chapman because “he was a former NBA player,” police documents said.

Chapman’s next court hearing is set for Friday.

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