FBI Jacksonville
January 12, 2016 05:20 PM

Abigail Lee Kemp, the woman accused of stealing millions of dollars worth of jewelry in a string of robberies across the Southeast, seemed like a nice and normal girl, her neighbor tells PEOPLE.

“I’m shocked,” Philip Becker tells PEOPLE. “She was nice she was quiet.”

The 24-year-old was arrested on Jan. 8 for allegedly participating in six armed robberies at jewelry stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, according to the FBI. She was allegedly caught on camera taking millions of dollars worth of jewels.

“We just don’t understand,” Becker says. “It’s not like she needed to. She wasn t poor or anything.”

Becker has lived next to the Kemps for about five years and says that he would see Abigail in passing as she walked her dog or came and went from the home she shared with her family.

Becker says most of the residents in the neighborhood are older so she didn t hang out in the area very often.

Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter.

Kemp, a former Hooters waitress, was taken into custody in Smyrna, Georgia, after concerned citizens contacted authorities.

On Jan. 11, Kemp’s alleged accomplice, Lewis Jones III, was arrested as well. Kemp, and Lewis, 35, allegedly worked together to carry out the string of robberies, which began in April.

The case will be prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern Division of Florida, the FBI said.

You May Like