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Woman tied to jewelry thefts across Southeast arrested in Smyrna

A woman believed responsible for stealing millions of dollars worth of watches and diamonds from stores across the Southeast was arrested Friday in Smyrna, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced.

Authorities said the woman, now identified as 24-year-old Abigail Lee Kemp, was arrested without incident but provided no further details. A second person who was in Kemp’s company at the time of her arrest was also in custody, the FBI said.

“Due to ongoing investigative efforts, the identity of the second person, and the details surrounding both arrests, are not being released at this time,” Amanda Warford Videll, spokeswoman for the FBI’s Jacksonville, Fla., field office, said in an emailed statement.

Last week, the FBI released surveillance photos of a woman and man believed tied to a series of jewelry store robberies across the Southeast. The first two robberies — April 29 in Woodstock and Aug. 5 in Dawsonville — happened in Georgia, and others were reported in Panama City Beach, Fla., Bluffton, S.C., and Sevierville, Tenn.

The most recent robbery was Monday in Mebane, N.C.

What led authorities to Kemp and her alleged accomplice was unclear but, in the statement released Saturday, the FBI thanked “many callers” who provided information about the case.

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