-- The FBI has joined an investigation into a series of jewelry store robberies across three states, as authorities believe the robberies are linked to the same woman.
The spree started Aug. 5 at a Zales store in Dawsonville, Georgia, when the female suspect walked away with $13,000 in valuables, authorities said.
The next incident occurred Aug. 11 at a Reeds store in Panama City Beach, Florida, where the suspect allegedly used a gun to force employees into a back room, and got away with more than $400,000 worth of jewels before UPS deliveryman Ted Simon arrived at the store.
“They were very terrified. They had fear in their face,” Simon said.
Another incident was reported Sept. 3 at a Jared store in Bluffton, South Carolina.
Authorities in the three states are still investigating whether the heists are related, but in all cases, a gun-toting female zip-tied employees and disappeared with thousands of dollars in jewels.
Though the unidentified woman is the only suspect seen in surveillance footage, authorities say she may not be working alone.