Crime

Alleged Jewel Thief Abigail Lee Kemp Cries After Leaving First Court Appearance

| by Emily Smith
Kemp on surveillance footage during several robberies Kemp on surveillance footage during several robberies

Abigail Lee Kemp, the suspect in a string of jewel heists, reportedly wept as she left the court house on Jan. 11 following her first appearance in front of the judge.

Although the 24-year-old ex-Hooters waitress from Georgia maintained her composure for most of the hearing, she began to cry when U.S. marshals put handcuffs on her and guided her out of the court, New York Daily News reports.

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Kemp was accused of stealing jewelry from five states since April in stores across the South, AJC notes. In total, it’s estimated that she stole about $4 million worth of jewelry.

Kemp’s crimes drew a lot of attention after surveillance footage showed that she hadn’t even worn a mask when she stole the items. According to court documents, she also used her own phone and a relative’s car during the heists.

FBI later used data from cellphone towers to determine that Kemp was the thief. A maroon Honda Civic registered to Kemp’s family was also spotted in two of the robbery locations.

Kemp is accused of performing heists in Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida and North Carolina. She also reportedly had a failed heist attempt in Georgia.

Sources: New York Daily News, AJC / Photo Credit: FBI via AJC, New York Daily News