UPDATE#2 Jan 11 2016:
The suspect in a string of brazen jewel heists across the South wept on Monday as she was led out of court following her arraignment.
Abigail Lee Kemp, 24, maintained her composure for most of the brief hearing, but tears began to fall when U.S. marshals put handcuffs on her and ushered her out while friends and family watched in silence.
UPDATE Jan 9 2016:
The FBI on Friday arrested a woman believed to have robbed at least six jewelry stores in the southeast during an eight-month crime spree, the agency announced Saturday.
Abigail Lee Kemp, 24, and another suspect were arrested in Smyrna, Georgia, and investigators believe Kemp is the brunette woman who allegedly robbed jewelry stores in five states since April 29, the FBI said.
The FBI is hunting for a young woman who has been hopscotching across the South, sticking up jewelry stores in at least five states.
The most recent heist was Monday at a Jared Vault in Mebane, North Carolina, the FBI said.
She forced two workers into a back room at gunpoint, zip-tied their hands and then piled jewelry from the cases into a shopping bag.
The brunette suspect — described as:
- in her 20s or 30s
- 5-foot-8 and 130 pounds
- is believed to have knocked over six stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and North Carolina since April.
A male suspect — described as:
- in his 30s or 40s
- 6 feet and 250 pounds
- was caught on surveillance cameras in three of the robberies.
“Both suspects are considered armed and dangerous,” the FBI said.
Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324).