Police have arrested two people in connection with a string of discount tobacco store and gas station robberies that have taken place since January 25 in Elkhart. Police, however, are asking for the public's help in finding suspects in similar robberies that have taken place since
24-year-old Nicholas B. Chaplin and 19-year-old Abigail Pifer of Elkhart were taken into custody February 1.
Monday night, the Subway restaurant at 3320 Cassopolis Street was robbed around 9:30 p.m. The manager at the store refused to provide details of what happened, but did say the robbers were not armed and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
News Center 16 has surveillance video of an armed robbery that took place on January 31, at the Hampton Inn off Cassopolis Street--less than a mile from where the Subway was robbed.
In the video, you can see two men entering the Hampton Inn a little after 11 p.m. on January 31.
One of the men was carrying a shotgun.
They forced a hotel employee onto his knees and demanded to know the combination to the hotel safe. They threatened to kill him if he didn't tell them the combination, but he didn't know it.
The robbers were driving what appears to be a dark-colored Chrysler sedan.
The suspects are described as two white males, wearing hooded jackets and faces covered with either white bandannas or hoods.
Police say there is usually a third person waiting in a car outside.
Police are continuing to investigate to determine which robberies Chaplin and Pifer were involved in committing.
There have been at least six robberies in Elkhart since January 25. Two took place after Chaplin and Pifer were arrested on February 1. Elkart County and city police are working with other law enforcement agencies to determine similarities and connections between these robberies and other recent robberies.
Anyone with information about these crimes or the suspects involved is asked to contact the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department at 574-533-4151.