New information in arrest of former Phoenix Sun Rex Chapman

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- There is new information about the former Phoenix Suns player who stands  accused of stealing merchandise from the Apple store in Scottsdale, then pawning the goods for cash.

Rex 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.

According to police reports, Chapman allegedly began stealing from the store back in May, when detectives say he went in with a backpack, and stole three sets of headphones worth about $500. But police say his stealing escalated over the course of the next three 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.

Workers at the pawn shop, North Scottsdale Loan and Gold, say they didn't know the items were stolen. One employee says Chapman told him the items had been gifts.

There were seven incidents of theft reported to Scottsdale police for which detectives believe Chapman is responsible. The value of the stolen merchandise is estimated at more than $14,000.

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

He has been released on $14,000 bond. But as a condition of his release, he is not allowed to set foot in the Scottsdale Apple store.

Chapman played for the Phoenix Suns from 1996-2000.