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(Surveillance photos)

(Surveillance photos)

SMYRNA, Ga. — A woman accused of robbing a string of jewelry stores across the South, including one in Mebane, has her first court appearance planned for Monday, according to ABC News.

A booking photo of Abby Lee Kemp from 2011.

A booking photo of Abby Lee Kemp from 2011.

Abigail Lee Kemp and another person were wanted in connection to six armed robberies in South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina.

Kemp, 24, was arrested Friday in Smyrna, Ga. by FBI agents, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Another person was reportedly taken into custody with Kemp, but that person’s identity has not been released.

On Monday morning, the woman allegedly robbed the Jared Vault in Mebane. She allegedly displayed a handgun and zip tied employees hands before taking merchandise from the store.

The woman is also believed to have executed multiple similarly-styled jewelry store robberies across the Southeast in recent months. The locations include Jared Vault in Sevierville, Tenn., on Oct. 16, 2015; Jared Jewelry in Bluffton, S.C., on Sept. 2, 2015; Reeds Jewelers in Panama City Beach, Fla., on Aug. 11, 2015; Zale’s Jewelry in Dawsonville, Ga., on Aug. 5, 2015; and Jared Jewelry in Woodstock, Ga., on April 29, 2015.

The total losses from the six robberies is said to have been more than $4 million worth of items, according to the Jewelers’ Security Alliance.

“We thank our partners in the media who provided invaluable assistance by publicizing our need for information from the public,” said Michelle S. Klimt, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Jacksonville Division, in a prepared statement. “We also thank the many callers who provided us with information to assist in the investigation. You are one of the most valuable resources law enforcement has in fighting crime and we appreciate your efforts.”

The FBI continues to encourage the public to provide information that may assist in the on-going investigation.

The case will be handled by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida.

Kemp was also arrested in 2011 on a battery charge in Smyrna, Georgia.

One of Kemp’s former friends told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the suspect was “cocky” and “thought she could get away with a lot.”