The Scottsdale Police Department said in a statement that
Chapman was identified by multiple employees at the store based
on his previous celebrity status as an NBA player.
It said Chapman is accused of picking up items and making it
appear that he was paying for them through the store's
self-checkout service, using an iPhone app. Police said he would
then leave without paying for the goods.
"He allegedly took the items to a local pawn shop and sold the
items for cash," police said, adding that Chapman is believed to
be behind seven separate incidents of theft totaling more than
The police statement said detectives arrested the former player
as he drove his car in northeast Scottsdale.
He faces nine counts of organized retail theft and five counts
of trafficking in stolen property, all felonies.
From 1988 through 2000, Chapman played for the Suns, Miami Heat,
Washington Bullets and Charlotte Hornets, averaging 14.6 points
(Reporting by Daniel Wallis in Denver; Editing by Bill Trott)
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