FBI Announces Arrest of Jewelry Store Robbery Suspect (UPDATE)
24-year-old woman in suburban Atlanta was arrested by the FBI on Friday in jewelry store robberies in five states.
Abigail Lee Kemp was taken into custody in Smyrna without incident, the FBI’s Jacksonville, Florida, office announced.
Authorities said she is a suspect in six armed robberies that began in April. The latest heist was at a store in Mebane, North Carolina, five days ago.
The FBI thanked others in law enforcement and the public.
The Atlanta office of the FBI assisted in the arrest of Kemp and a second person, whom the FBI didn’t identify. So it is unclear whether the other person detained is a second suspect, a large man in his late 30s or early 40s, who has been seen in surveillance video in four robberies.
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Federal authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying a young woman and her male accomplice in connection with a string of jewelry store robberies in the southeastern U.S.
Trace Gallagher reported on the investigation this afternoon, saying there have been six robberies in five states - Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina, where the latest theft took place in Mebane on Monday.
The woman, seen on surveillance videos, doesn't wear a mask, but authorities still have not figured out who she is.
Half the time, she's accompanied by a black male - also unidentified - who acts as a lookout after locking the door.
Authorities say the woman usually cases the store, asking questions about various items before returning the next day.
The woman brandishes a gun, then ties up employees in a back room with zip-ties before ransacking the cases.
She's made off with around a half-million dollars worth of merchandise so far.
Jared's jewelry stores have been hit four times.
The feds are looking for a red Honda Civic, but they believe multiple vehicles have been used by the suspects.
No one has been harmed by the pair, but the FBI is considering the suspects to be armed and dangerous.