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Jewelry store robbery suspect may have been in prior robbing crew

ATLANTA -- The man accused of being an accomplice with a Cobb County woman in a series of jewelry store robberies, is also under investigation for a series of violent crimes that happened in 2014.

Friends of Abby Kemp, who is charged in the jewelry store armed robberies, are having a hard time figuring out what happened and how she met Lewis Jones.

Cruz Altitude, a Kennesaw musician, said he knew Abby Kemp for about three years. He said it was a few months before a jewelry store was robbed in Woodstock last April that he and his friends lost touch with Kemp. “Like she was kind of off the radar,” Altitude said. “And before then, she was always around. So it was like she just disappeared.”

He says he never met Lewis Jones, who is accused of being Kemp's accomplice in six jewelry heists across the southeast. Altitude said he figures she must have met him after she dropped off the radar.

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Jones has been on the FBI and local law enforcement radar since July of 2014 and he may be tied to a violent three-man robbing crew that wreaked havoc that summer.

In September 2014, the FBI said the three were suspects in three bank robberies, including the Navy Federal Credit Union in Atlanta, which Jones is now charged with, and a Regions Bank in Smyrna he is now a suspect in.

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The same three were labeled suspects in several pedestrian robberies, and robberies at a bakery and a car wash on Cheshire Bridge Road.

Their faces were covered in many of the robberies, but the FBI released photos of the suspects from a grocery store where they used a stolen credit card. One of the suspects appears to be Jones.

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Abby Kemp's friends are puzzled by her relationship with Jones. “This is a person (Kemp) that had to have had something go down in her mind,” Altitude said. “Somebody had to have almost forced her to do these things.”