Woman, boyfriend accused of stealing from her grandmother

Posted at 10:11 PM, Oct 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-20 23:21:27-04

LEMON TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- When Linda Roberts woke up to a burglary at about 4 a.m. Tuesday, she was terrified.

"When I lay down at night and close my eyes, all I can see is him holding me down, and the least little noise, I jump," she said. "I just can't get past it right now. It's going to take me a long time."

But what's even more upsetting for here is learning who is accused of stealing from her: her granddaughter, Cassandra Tincher, and Tincher's boyfriend, Justin Newcomb. The pair is accused of stealing from Roberts while their baby sat outside in the car.

"If they need groceries, I was there. If they needed diapers for that baby, or food, I was always there," Roberts said. "I just don't understand why they robbed me like this."

Newcomb knew her home would be easy to get into, according to Roberts. He knew the door doesn't shut because he was supposed to fix it. She even paid him $150 last week for the work he never performed, according to deputies' report.

What upsets Roberts most is the idea of her 1-year-old great-grandson at risk.

"I think it was stupid, because they could have watched somebody's house that had a gun and ran right after them, and they could've shot that baby," she said.

Roberts said Tincher asked her to drop the charges. She won't, but is choosing to forgive her.

"I mean, I still love my granddaughter after what she did to me," Roberts said. "I can't not love her, but I want her to learn from this. She can't go around and rob people in their sleep. It's wrong."

Tincher and Newcomb are due in Middletown Municipal Court next week. They're facing charges of burglary and child endangering. The child is staying with family.