(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — A young woman arrested by the FBI in connection with a string of jewelry store robberies is expected to make her first appearance in court Monday.
Abigail Lee Kemp, 24, was arrested without incident Friday in Smyrna, Georgia, following tips from the public, the FBI said.
Kemp’s arraignment is scheduled for noon.
The FBI office in Jacksonville, Florida, said last week that it was looking for a woman believed to be involved in six jewelry store robberies in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida.
The Jewelers’ Security Alliance reported that the total losses from the six robberies totaled more than $4 million. In one of the robberies, which occurred in North Carolina on Jan. 4, a woman held up store employees at gunpoint, zip-tied their hands, then robbed the store, the FBI said.
“I think if you were seduced by the rush, it doesn’t matter what your age is,” former FBI agent and ABC News contributor Brad Garrett told ABC News. “It becomes intoxicating.”
Kemp was arrested after a number of citizens contacted law enforcement about the woman seen on surveillance video, identifying the suspect as Kemp, the affidavit said.
“Some citizens further advised that during recent contacts with Kemp, she was wearing expensive jewelry that some of the callers believe she cannot afford,” the affidavit said. Some citizens also said Kemp has a hand gun, according to the affidavit.
A cellphone number with an Atlanta area code — traced to Kemp — hit towers in cities where the robberies occurred around the time of the crimes, according to the affidavit.
Investigators also used the suspect’s car information — a maroon 2006 Honda Civic — to help identify her. Investigators say she changed the color of her car from maroon to black during the course of the crime spree, according to the affidavit.
The FBI said a man was seen with the woman on surveillance video during robberies in Florida and Georgia.
While the FBI said another person with Kemp at the time of her arrest was also in custody, authorities did not release the other person’s identity or how the arrests took place, a spokeswoman for the FBI office in Jacksonville told ABC News on Sunday.
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