Bluffton woman charged with burglaries at cinema, vacant ice cream store

A 23-year-old Bluffton woman was charged with two counts of burglary after police say they caught her in the act at Sea Turtle Cinemas at about 4:30 a.m. Friday.

Officers arrived at the Berkeley Place shopping center on Buckwalter Parkway after being alerted to a burglary in progress, according to a Bluffton Police Department news release. The glass door to the theater had been shattered, and Tiffany Fender was in the lobby, the release said.

A search of the area suggested Fender also entered the vacant Coneman's ice cream shop and vandalized the interior, the release said. Capt. Bryan Norberg said display cases, files and chairs were pushed over, and food was poured out of some containers.

She used a patio chair to break the theater's door. That was the only damage to the theater, the release said.

Damage estimates for Coneman's weren't available Friday because police were still attempting to locate its owner, Norberg said.

Fender was charged with two counts of felony, second-degree burglary. She was being held for prosecution at the Beaufort County Detention Center, according to the county jail log.