Naperville shoplifter sentenced to jail 10 days after committing crime

<p>Malik Chappell</p>

Malik Chappell

In what must almost certainly be one of the swiftest administrations of justice in DuPage County, an ex-convict has been sentenced to jail, less than two weeks after being arrested by Naperville police and charged with shoplifting.

Malik R. Chappell, 20, of Bolingbrook, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of retail theft and resisting or obstructing a police officer, according to records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court. The pleas were entered Friday, just 10 days after Chappell’s arrest in downtown Naperville.

Judge William I. Ferguson accepted Chappell’s pleas and sentenced him to 60 days in jail on each count, with the terms to be served concurrently, court records indicated. Ferguson also placed Chappell on a year of probation, records showed.

Chappell was released from jail earlier this year, after having served time in a case of property damage last spring in Naperville.

A May 5 jury trial has also been set for him in Will County Circuit Court in Joliet. Chappell in that matter stands accused of damaging property on Nov. 30 in Bolingbrook.

Chappell’s most recent arrest occurred about 2:27 p.m. March 18, when he stole a $300 set of headphones from the Apple store at 120 W. Jefferson Ave. in downtown Naperville.

Sgt. Bill Davis said police were sent there to investigate an in-progress shoplifting. Chappell, who had been pointed out by a store employee, ran off after ignoring the officers’ orders to stop, Davis said.

“After a short foot chase through downtown with [Chappell], he was finally apprehended at Chicago Avenue and Main Street,” Davis said. A set of Beats Executive Order by Dr. Dre headphones that had been taken from the store was found in his possession, Davis said.

Chappell was also identified as having been in the store the previous day, when he was seen stealing another set of Dr. Dre-brand headphones valued at $200, Davis said.

In the incident last year in Naperville, Chappell was arrested just before 8 p.m. May 24, after he damaged property at the Metra Railway Fourth Avenue commuter train station at 105 E. Fourth Ave.

Chappell in that case was found guilty of a charge of criminal damage to government-supported property, and was sentenced in September to six months in jail, according to court records.

He has also been convicted of shoplifting in July 2012 and again last July in Bolingbrook, court records indicated.