Modeling shots, security footage show different sides of alleged jewelry thief

From model to alleged jewel thief

ATLANTA -- A Cobb County woman is expected to appear before a federal judge Monday morning to face charges in a series of brazen armed robberies.

Abigail Lee Kemp, 24, and another suspect was arrested in Smyrna on Friday.

The once aspiring model looks like the all-american girl. But the FBI says the photos of her alleged robberies show her true character.

"We're from the suburbs, you don't expect these kinds of things to happen out here," said Cameron Parker, who grew up with Kemp, "you don't expect someone you grew up with to do such a thing."

PHOTOS | Modeling photos

Modeling photos courtesy of Duane A. Barrett/Major Images Photography

Parker says he ran into Kemp last summer when she was waitressing at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Kennesaw. The FBI says her second job put people's lives in danger.

Agents tell us Kemp and an accomplice recently held workers at gunpoint and then tied them up at a store in North Carolina. She's also accused of robbing stores in Woodstock and Dawsonville.

In all, the FBI says she hit six stores in five states. Each time the suspect entered the store with no mask.

The Jewelers Security Alliance estimates the total haul to be worth more than $4,000,000.

PHOTOS | Surveillance shots

"She obviously was confident she wouldn't be caught because she didn't try to conceal her identity," said John Kennedy, President of the security alliance.

"To keep doing it, I mean they had $4,000,000 in product, how much do you need, how much do you keep taking?"

Kemp attended Kennesaw Mountain High School and Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs. She was a standout athlete. In 2012 she played backup Quarterback for the Atlanta Steam, part of the Legends Football League.

A second person was arrested with Kemp on Friday, the FBI isn't saying if it's the man pictured in releases who they believe was her accomplise in some of the heists.

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