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Women Get Jail for Crime Spree, Trying to Rob Bank Dressed as Nuns

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    Women Get Jail for Crime Spree, Trying to Rob Bank Dressed as Nuns
    Bergen County Sheriff's Office
    Melisa Aquino Arias and Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez learned their fates for a bank robbing spree that included dressing as nuns.

    A Connecticut woman is headed to prison for her role in a monthlong crime spree in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including an attempted bank robbery in which she and another woman dressed as nuns.

    Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez received a 15-month sentence Thursday. The 20-year-old New Haven woman had pleaded guilty in June to robbing a bank in Garfield, New Jersey, while wearing a head covering and conspiring to steal money from an ATM at a bank in Scotrun, Pennsylvania.

    Her co-defendant, 24-year-old Melisa Aquino Arias of Passaic, New Jersey, received a 37-month sentence Wednesday.

    The pair were arrested last October, about two weeks after the Garfield robbery, when they went to a Teaneck bank and asked about opening an account. An employee recognized them and called police.

    'Nuns' With Guns On the Run

    [PHI] 'Nuns' With Guns On the Run

    Two women dressed as nuns attempted to rob a bank in the Poconos. They ran away before actually taking any money. The FBI and police continue to search for them. NBC10's Steven Fisher has the details.

    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017)