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Elkhart men plead guilty to robbery

Two Elkhart men pleaded guilty to robbery at the Elkhart Circuit Court.
Posted on Oct. 10, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

GOSHEN — Two Elkhart men pleaded guilty to robbery and burglary Thursday morning, Oct. 10, at the Elkhart Circuit Court.

Nicholas Chaplin, 24, pleaded guilty to robbery while armed with a deadly weapon, burglary and driving while intoxicated.

He agreed to a sentence of 17 years in prison.

During his hearing Thursday morning, Chaplin admitted that he drove while intoxicated Jan. 5, that he took part in a robbery at Low Bob’s Discount Tobacco, 51523 S.R. 19 Jan. 25, and that he broke into a residence to steal on Jan. 29.

Chaplin and Abigail Pifer, 20, were arrested Feb. 1 following a traffic stop. During plain examination of the vehicle, officers found items that matched the description of what was taken from the store during the robbery.

Pifer pleaded guilty to robbery while armed with a deadly weapon and was sentenced Sept. 5 to six years in prison.

Cramer, 23, pleaded guilty to robbery while armed with a deadly weapon and burglary. He agreed to a sentence of 16 years in prison.

Cramer also admitted that he broke into a residence Jan. 29, and that he took part in a robbery Jan. 25 with Chaplin.

He was arrested May 25 on a warrant issued from the Elkhart Circuit Court.

The robbery at Low Bob’s Tobacco store is connected to a string of robberies that happened between Jan. 25 and Feb. 28 on 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; Jacob Estep, 23; and Sergio Rocha, 26, are also connected to some of the robberies. Their cases are pending in Circuit Court.




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