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Former Suns Player Rex Chapman Accused of $14,000 Apple Store Thefts

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Phoenix Suns' Rex Chapman, left, drives to the basket as Golden State Warriors' John Starks defends in the second quarter Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, in Phoenix. AP file

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A former player for the Phoenix Suns basketball team was arrested Friday in Arizona on suspicion of pilfering $14,000 worth of tech goodies from an Apple store, police said. Rex Chapman, 46, allegedly stole a trove of products valued at $14,000 over multiple visits using the self-checkout system at a Scottsdale, Arizona, branch of the Apple store — without actually paying, according to a police statement.

He allegedly took the items to a local pawn shop and hawked them for cash. Chapman — who also played for the Charlotte Hornets, the Washington Bullets and the Miami Heat during a 12-year career in the NBA — was identified by witnesses who told authorities they recognized him because of his celebrity. He was arrested Friday on a traffic stop. Chapman faces nine counts of organized retail theft and five counts of trafficking in stolen property — all felonies.

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