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Former Phoenix Suns player Rex Chapman gets probation in theft case

PHOENIX — Former Phoenix Suns player Rex Chapman was sentenced to 18 months probation and 750 community service hours in his theft case on Friday.

Chapman has already completed the community service hours.

The former guard was arrested in September 2014 on suspicion of multiple shoplifting incidents.

Employees accused Chapman of multiple thefts at the Apple Store at near Scottsdale Road and Greenway Parkway.

In several instances, Chapman would pick up items in the store and make it appear that he was paying for them through the store’s self-checkout, using an iPhone app. He would then leave the store without actually paying for the merchandise.

Police said the former Suns player took the stolen items to a local pawn shop and sold them for cash.

The total estimated loss was more than $14,000.

Chapman pleaded guilty to to four felony theft charges. He agreed to pay full restitution.

After his arrest, Chapman reportedly sought treatment for substance abuse at a program in Louisville, Kentucky.

He was a first-round draft pick of Charlotte in 1988 and also played for Washington, Miami and Phoenix in a 12-year NBA career that ended in 2000.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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