Detectives have issued arrest warrants for 34-year old Christina Marie Johnson on charges of felony larceny and possession of stolen goods.
Officials said Johnson allegedly stole four pieces of gold and diamond jewelry valued at $7,000.
The items belonged to her great-grandmother who was visiting Fayetteville on May 2 to celebrate her 100th birthday.
Johnson's great-grandmother said she had gone to her room to get the jewelry and discovered it was missing from the top of a dresser where she had laid it.
Johnson's mother later called the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office saying Johnson wanted to turn herself in because she was the one who took the jewelry.
Authorities said she has yet to surrender to law enforcement officers.
Johnson is described as a white woman, standing 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 175 pounds, with brown hair, green eyes and several tattoos on her left upper arm, including the name "CHRISTINA" printed on it.
Anyone who knows of her whereabouts is asked to call the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office at (910) 323-1500.