FBI
Chris Harris
January 14, 2016 06:00 PM

The 24-year-old alleged jewelry store robber who struck across the South, stealing millions in rare stones and gems, appeared in federal court in Atlanta on Thursday for a brief bond hearing, PEOPLE confirms.

The judge in the case decided that Abigail Lee Kemp should be held without bail after her arrest late last week for allegedly robbing six jewelry stores in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and the Carolinas.

She is due in court later this month for another hearing.

Kemp’s alleged accomplice in the robberies, Lewis Jones, 35, has also been charged with the store heists.

Both suspects were arrested Friday at an apartment in Smyrna, an Atlanta suburb.

The FBI keyed in on Kemp after analyzing records from cellphone towers near the sites of the robberies.

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According to a federal affidavit, Kemp brandished a handgun during robberies that have been reported as far back as April. In each of the hold-ups, employees of the jewelry stores were ordered to a backroom where they were zip-tied, the affidavit states.

The affidavit states Kemp stole $900,000 in jewelry during a robbery three months ago in Tennessee, and $938,352 last week from a North Carolina store.

Police claim they traced the phone number to Kemp, and through state driver records, learned the alleged robber’s relative owns the maroon Honda Civic caught by surveillance cameras parked near two of the crime scenes. The same car was shown in pictures posted to Kemp’s social media pages, the affidavit alleges. (Plate readers also linked the car to the crime sites.)

Kemp, whose alleged crime spree made national headlines, has been charged with conspiracy to interfere with commerce by threats of violence.

Neither defendant has entered a plea to the charges they face.

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