Elkhart woman pleads guilty to armed robbery

A woman accused of participating in one of several robberies on the north side of Elkhart pleaded guilty in Circuit Court.
Posted on Aug. 16, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 16, 2013 at 2:11 p.m.

GOSHEN — An Elkhart woman accused of being involved in one of several robberies in the north side of Elkhart pleaded guilty in Elkhart’s Circuit Court.

Abigail Pifer, 20, pleaded guilty to robbery while armed with a deadly weapon, a Class B felony Thursday, Aug. 15. She agreed to a sentence of six years in prison and six years on reporting probation. Other terms in the agreement will be up to the court’s discretion.

Police arrested Pifer and Nicholas Chaplin, Pifer’s co-defendant, Feb. 1 after investigating a robbery at Low Bob’s Discount Tobacco Store, 51523 S.R. 19, on Jan. 25.

According to the probable cause affidavit for Pifer’s arrest, employees at Low Bob’s Discount Tobacco Store told police two men and a woman came into the store and took an undisclosed amount of cash.

Witnesses were able to identify Chaplin and Pifer from photographs obtained from surveillance cameras. Police made a traffic stop on the two about a week after the robbery was reported. During a plain examination of the vehicle, officers found items that fit the descriptions of what was taken from the store during the robbery.

The incident at Low Bob’s Tobacco store is connected to a string of robberies that happened between Jan. 25 and Feb. 28 in the north side of Elkhart. Officers from the Elkhart Police Department and the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department investigated 11 robberies in that area.

Jacob Wing, 18; Timothy Cramer, 23; Jacob Estep, 23; and Sergio Rocha, 26, are also connected to the string of robberies. Their cases are pending in Circuit Court.

Chaplin also appeared in court for a hearing Thursday, but his case was continued to Oct. 21. Pifer’s sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 5.

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