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Woman linked to jewelry store heists across Southeast pleads guilty

Posted December 29, 2016

The FBI and Mebane police are trying to identify a woman who robbed a Jared Vault jewelry store on Jan. 4, 2016.

— Authorities say a 25-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to charges arising from a string of jewelry store heists across the South.

Abigail Lee Kemp waived her right to trial in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina when she accepted a plea deal Wednesday in Panama City federal court, local news organizations are reporting.

She has already pleaded guilty to conspiring with three men in the robbery of a Panama City Beach jewelry store, the reports say. Arrested last January, she was charged in a string of robberies spanning a 10-month period, including a robbery a year ago at a store in a Mebane outlet mall.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 13.

The News Herald (http://bit.ly/2hz4y1U ) reports she faces up to 20 years for each of six counts of interfering with commerce and could face a life sentence for brandishing a firearm during store robberies.

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  • Scott Phelps Dec 29, 2016
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    Crime may not pay but sometimes it looks hot....;)