DAWSONVILLE — FBI agents believe a suspect from a Dawsonville jewelry store robbery in August is connected to similar robberies in Panama City Beach, Fla., and Bluffton, S.C.
Zales employees at North Georgia Premium Outlets told authorities Aug. 5 that a woman grabbed a pistol, zip-tied their hands and moved them to the back of the store as she stole more than $13,000 worth of jewelry.
The woman is believed to be in her 20s, weighing about 130 pounds and standing about 5 feet 8 inches tall. She wore a dark baseball cap, a blue button-up shirt and khaki pants.
On Aug. 11, Panama City Beach, Fla., officials received a call about a similar robbery at Reeds Jewelers, during which more than $400,000 of jewelry was taken.
“At gunpoint, the suspect zip-tied two store employees’ hands and moved them to the store’s restroom,” according to an FBI news release.
Another suspect, a black man about 6 feet tall and weighing 250 pounds and believed to be in his late 30s or early 40s, let the front door shut after removing the door stop. The female suspect then is seen on surveillance camera taking items from the display cases.
“The employees stated the suspect had entered the store one day prior to the robbery and asked about the same items,” according to the news release.
A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the female suspect’s arrest.
FBI agents said they believe the suspects drove a red 2009-10 Honda Civic LX with tinted windows, based on surveillance footage.
Authorities said they believe the female suspect is connected to Jared Jewelry store robberies in Woodstock on April 28 and in Bluffton, S.C. on Sept. 2. They said the male also was involved in the Dawsonville and Woodstock robberies.
Authorities ask anyone with information to call the FBI’s Jacksonville, Fla., office at (904) 248-7000 or the Panama City Beach Police Department at (850) 233-5000.
Michele Hester of the FCN regional staff contributed to this article.