Two suspects arrested in connection to recent Elkhart robberies

Two people have been arrested in connection to one of five latest robberies that the Sheriff's Department is working on.
Posted on Feb. 5, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Feb. 5, 2013 at 12:22 p.m.

ELKHART — Police arrested two suspects in connection with two robberies that happened last week on the north side of Elkhart.

Nicholas Chaplin and Abigail Pifer were arrested Friday at 1839 Cassopolis St. The arrests were made a week after the robberies took place.

On Jan. 25, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department responded to Elkhart Cigarette Outlet, 51505 S.R. 19, around 2:15 p.m. and then to Low Bob’s Discount Tobacco, 51523 S.R. 19, at around 6:50 p.m.

According to a press release from the sheriff’s department, employees at Elkhart Cigarette Outlet said two men entered the store, took money, several cartons of cigarettes and other items and left the store. Employees told police they believe the suspects may have been armed with a stun gun. They described the suspects as wearing black hoodies, light-colored pants and had bandannas covering their faces.

At Low Bob’s Discount Tobacco Store, employees said two men, one wearing a camo-style hoodie and another wearing a red jacket with “Indiana” in white letters across the front, came into the store and took an undisclosed amount of cash, as well cartons of cigarettes and other items, according to a press release from the sheriff’s department. A third suspect was described as a woman wearing a dark-colored jacket with a fur-lined hood, and her face was covered with a cream-colored scarf.

Employees said the suspects appeared to have a hatchet type of weapon.

According to the probable cause affidavits for Chaplin and Pifer, the two entered Elkhart Cigarette Outlet sometime after the robbery. They were caught on surveillance cameras during both robberies, and then again later when they went to Low Bob’s, according to the affidavit.

A witness identified the two suspects as Pifer and Chaplin from photographs that were obtained from the surveillance cameras. During plain examination of their vehicle, police found items that fit the descriptions given by employees of the items that were taken during the robberies.

The two suspects have not been formally charged. According to the affidavit, the sheriff’s department is looking for a third suspect who has not been identified.

The sheriff’s department continues to investigate three other robberies — Marathon gas station, 51451 S.R. 19, on Jan. 29, a Stogie’s Discount Tobacco Store, 30913 Old U.S. 20, Feb. 2, and again at Low Bob’s Discount Tobacco on Feb. 3.


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