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Woman pleads guilty after string of jewelry thefts across South
Dawsonville outlet among stores that lost thousands in merchandise
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Authorities say a 25-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to charges arising from a string of jewelry store heists across the South, including at the outlet mall in Dawsonville.

Abigail Lee Kemp waived her right to trial in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina when she accepted a plea deal Wednesday in Panama City federal court, local news organizations reported.

She has already pleaded guilty to conspiring with three men in the robbery of a Panama City Beach jewelry store, the reports say. Arrested last January, she was charged in a string of robberies spanning a 10-month period.

One of those robberies was Aug. 5, 2015, at the Zales outlet at North Georgia Premium Outlets on Ga. 400.

Authorities said Kemp made off with more than $13,000 worth of jewels during that heist.

In each case, she forced employees to the back of the store where she zip-tied their hands, Dawson County Sheriff's Criminal Investigations Commander Ray Goodie said in January.

The (Panama City, Fla.) News Herald reports she faces up to 20 years for each of six counts of interfering with commerce and could face a life sentence for brandishing a firearm during store robberies. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 13.


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