GOSHEN — Taking the witness stand in Elkhart Circuit Court, Minnie Waugh listed everything that was taken from her home in a burglary Jan. 29.
Among the items Nicholas Chaplin, 20, and Timothy Cramer, 23, took were a 55-inch television, at least two laptops and several of Waugh’s grandson’s Christmas presents.
Chaplin, who pleaded guilty to charges of robbery, burglary and operating a vehicle while intoxicated in October, was sentenced to 17 years in prison and four years on probation.
Cramer received a sentence of 16 years in prison and four years on probation after he pleaded guilty to charges of robbery and burglary in October.
Though the burglary affected her and her family financially, Waugh said she lost something more important than any material possessions.
“The biggest thing they took from me was my granddaughter.”
Waugh’s granddaughter, Abigail Pifer, was in a relationship with Chaplin. Pifer and Chaplin were arrested Feb. 1 on a preliminary charge of robbery. They were accused of being involved in a robbery at Low Bob’s Tobacco Store Jan. 25.
Pifer pleaded guilty to the charge of robbery while armed with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to six years in prison and six years on probation.
Waugh said Chaplin spent Christmas with Pifer’s family.
During their relationship, Chaplin took Pifer’s car and influenced Pifer to commit the robbery at Low Bob’s, Waugh said.
“I know Abby has lost a good part of her life because of this,” Waugh said. “She thought Nick loved her.”
During Cramer’s hearing, Judge Terry Shewmaker said he had a problem with something Cramer wrote in his pre-sentence report.
Cramer wrote that he did not commit the burglary on purpose. Instead, he thought he was trying to move Pifer’s items to a different location.
He later retracted, and told the judge it was an error on his part what he wrote on the pre-sentence report.
The Elkhart Police Department and the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department responded to numerous robberies between Jan. 25 and Feb. 28. Most robberies happened on the north side of the city, at tobacco stores and gas stations.
Three others — Jacob Wing, 18; Jacob Estep, 23; and Sergio Rocha, 26 — have been charged and arrested for their alleged involvement in the robberies.