Two suspects were arrested Friday in connection with several thefts from Bluffton businesses, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office news release.
Braden Michael Graham, 21, and Margaret Allison Gale, 28, both of Bluffton, were each charged with armed robbery and shoplifting following a traffic stop Friday. They are accused of stealing items from Sunglass Hut and Nike at Tanger Outlets 2 and Stein Mart in Belfair Towne Village, the release said.
At about 10:25 a.m., employees of Sunglass Hut told deputies they saw a man and woman enter the store, steal sunglasses and run, leaving the parking lot in a dark vehicle. About 20 minutes later, a similar incident was reported at Nike, where the man pulled a knife when an employee confronted him, the release said.
The suspects were soon spotted trying to steal merchandise from Stein Mart, the release said.
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Both were being held in the Beaufort County Detention Center on Friday awaiting bond hearings.
Graham was also charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Additional charges are pending by the Bluffton Police Department in connection with the Stein Mart theft, the release said.