Ex-con accused of 2 thefts in 2 days at same Naperville store

He allegedly got away with it once. But not twice.

Naperville police say they chased and caught Malik R. Chappell red-handed with a pricey set of headphones he allegedly stole last week from the Apple electronics store in the city’s downtown.

Things got worse for Chappell after police said they determined the 20-year-old Bolingbrook man had been in the store the day before, when he made off with another set of headphones.

The alleged thefts came on the heels of a property damage crime Chappell is accused of committing late last fall in Bolingbrook, and for which he is awaiting trial. All of the allegations follow Chappell’s recent release from DuPage County Jail, where he served time for damaging property last spring in Naperville.

Chappell on Tuesday remained in jail and was set to appear Friday in DuPage County Circuit Court, to answer misdemeanor charges of retail theft and resisting or obstructing a police officer in the latest Naperville cases.

Sgt. Bill Davis confirmed Chappell was arrested about 2:27 p.m. March 18, following the incident at the Apple store at 120 W. Jefferson Ave.

Police were called there to stop “a retail theft in progress,” Davis wrote in an email. Chappell, after leaving the store and being identified as the alleged shoplifter, “fled after being ordered to stop by police,” Davis said.

“After a short foot chase through downtown with (Chappell,) he was finally apprehended at Chicago Avenue and Main Street,” Davis said. Chappell was searched on the scene, and a set of Beats Executive Order by Dr. Dre headphones valued at $300 was allegedly found in his possession, and was “identified as being taken from the business,” Davis said.

“Chappell was also identified as being in the store” the previous day, when he was allegedly seen stealing another set of Dr. Dre-brand headphones valued at $200, Davis said. That earned him a second charge of retail theft, Davis said.

Chappell is no stranger to Naperville police. They arrested him just before 8 p.m. May 24, following an incident at the Metra Railway Fourth Avenue commuter train depot at 105 E. Fourth Ave., just north of the city’s downtown.

DuPage County court records showed Chappell was found guilty in that case of a charge of criminal damage to government-supported property. He was sentenced in September to six months in jail, records indicated.