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3 convicted in string of jewelry store heists across South
One of stores robbed was Dawsonville Zales Outlet
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Three Georgia men face up to life in prison after being found guilty following a federal trial in the Florida Panhandle on conspiracy charges connected to six jewelry store robberies across the southeastern United States.

One of the stores that was robbed in the spree was the Zales Outlet in Dawsonville on Aug. 5.

Jurors took about four hours Monday to convict 36-year-old Lewis Jones III, 44-year-old Larry Gilmore and 47-year-old Michael Gilmore.

The News Herald reports three Atlanta men were charged in the case after 25-year-old Abigail Kemp was arrested and told investigators she was recruited and trained to carry out robberies. She also claimed the three men sold more than $4 million in jewels to a buyer in Miami.

Kemp pleaded guilty to the same charges and faces a life sentence. A hearing is scheduled Oct. 10.

Zales employees at North Georgia Premium Outlets told authorities a woman grabbed a pistol, zip-tied their hands and moved them to the back of the store as she stole more than $13,000 worth of jewelry in the August 2015 robbery.

The robberies took place in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.

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