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Authorities: Suspect in Dawsonville jewelry store robbery strikes again

MEBANE, N.C. — The FBI is looking for a woman involved in jewelry store robberies in multiple states, including most recently in North Carolina.

In a news release, the FBI said the woman robbed a Jared store at an outlet mall in Mebane on Monday, tying two employees' hands before stealing several pieces of jewelry.

Authorities say the woman pulled out a handgun upon entering the store.

The FBI says the woman is believed to have been involved in numerous jewelry store robberies last year, including ones in Dawsonville and Woodstock, as well as Sevierville, Tenn., Bluffton, S.C., and Panama City Beach, Fla..

An unknown man was seen with her during the robberies in Georgia and Florida.

The Dawsonville robbery occurred on Aug. 5.

Zales employees at North Georgia Premium Outlets told authorities 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.

FBI agents have said they believe the suspects drove a red 2009-10 Honda Civic LX with tinted windows, based on surveillance footage.