Woman accused in string of jewelry store thefts due in court

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Posted: Jan 14, 2016 8:12 AM

ATLANTA (AP) — A 24-year-old woman accused of robbing jewelry stores across the South is due in court for a bond hearing.

Abigail Lee Kemp is scheduled to appear Thursday before a federal magistrate judge in Atlanta. Federal prosecutors have accused her and 35-year-old Lewis Jones III of teaming up to rob a half-dozen jewelry stores in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and the Carolinas.

The two were arrested Friday at an apartment in Smyrna, an Atlanta suburb.

The FBI zeroed in on Kemp after analyzing records from cellphone towers near the robberies, then checking social media and hearing from suspicious friends, court records show.

Kemp told FBI agents that Jones was with her for all the robberies, sometimes coming inside and other times staying outside as a lookout, an FBI special agent wrote in court records. Her attorney, federal public defender Rebecca Shepard, declined to comment.

Jones is scheduled to have a hearing Friday in Atlanta to determine his conditions of detention. Natasha Silas, a federal public defender appointed to represent him, did not immediately return phone calls for comment early Thursday.