FBI: Bandits hit jewelry stores in Georgia, Fla, S.C.

The FBI announced a $10,000 reward Tuesday in a push to solve a jewelry store robbery spree in Georgia, Florida and South Carolina.

Photos of two suspected bandits were released, and the Jewelers Security Alliance is putting up the reward money for information leading to an arrest in an Aug. 11 robbery in Panama City Beach, Fla.

The FBI believes the two robbers who hit Reeds Jewelers in Panama City Beach are the same pair who robbed in Georgia at a Jared jewelry store in Woodstock on April 28 and a Zales jewelry store in Dawsonville on Aug. 5, Special Agent Steve Emmett said in an email.

“Both robberies mirrored the Panama City Beach robbery and the suspects appear to be of the same build in reviewed surveillance video,” the email said.

On Aug. 11, a man and a woman entered the Reeds Jewelers and displayed a handgun, Emmett said. The robbers zip-tied the hands of employees and moved them to a restroom. They then stole jewelry from display cases, Emmett said.

The employees said the woman had been at the store the day before, asking about the jewelry, Emmett said. Surveillance photos indicate the robbers drove a red 2009 or 2010 Honda Civic LX with tinted windows.

On Sept. 9, a Jared jewelry store in Bluffton, S.C., was robbed by a woman matching the description of the female in the Georgia and Florida robberies, Emmett said.

Anyone with information can contact the FBI Jacksonville Field Office at 904-248-7000.