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FBI: Suspect in Southeast jewelry store robberies arrested

Posted January 9, 2016 7:02 p.m. EST
Updated January 10, 2016 6:42 p.m. EST

— The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Saturday that the suspect in a string of Southeast jewelry store robberies was arrested.

Abigail Lee Kemp, 24, was arrested on Friday without incident in Smyrna, Ga. She was transferred by the FBI to custody in the Atlanta area.

Officials said another individual who was with Kemp was also taken into custody. Authorities have not released the identity of the second individual.

“We thank our partners in the media who provided invaluable assistance by publicizing our need for information from the public,” said Michelle S. Klimt, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Jacksonville Division. “We also thank the many callers who provided us with information to assist in the investigation. You are one of the most valuable resources law enforcement has in fighting crime and we appreciate your efforts.”

Kemp is accused of robbing the Jared Vault store in Mebane, at 4000 Arrowhead Blvd. in the Tanger Outlets shopping center, on Monday.

Authorities said Kemp pulled a gun on employees and ordered them into a back room.

No one was injured during the robbery.

The FBI said they believe Kemp also robbed Jared Jewelry in Woodstock, Ga., on April 29, Zale’s Jewelry in Dawsonville, Ga., on Aug. 5, Reeds Jewelers in Panama City Beach, Fla., on Aug. 11, Jared Jewelry in Bluffton, S.C., on Sept. 2 and Jared Vault in Sevierville, Tenn., on Oct. 16.