Duo is sentenced to prison for robbing a bank disguised as a nun

Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez, 20, and Melisa Aquino Arias, 24, were sentenced to two and three years in prison

Bless us father, because we have sinned: Duo is sentenced to a total of five years behind bars for robbing a bank disguised as NUNS

  • Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez, 20, and Melisa Aquino Arias, 24, were sentenced
  • Arias received 37 months in prison while Pedraza-Rodríguez received 15 months
  • The couple went on a binge for crime in New Jersey and Pennsylvania
  • They dressed in the habits of a nun and wore sunglasses to hide their identities
  • Surveillance footage of the Pennsylvania robbery shows two women dressed as nuns who escaped penniless after an alarm was triggered

Associated Press

Two women are sent to prison for their role in a series of one-month crimes in two states, including an attempted bank robbery in Pennsylvania, where they dressed as nuns.

Melisa Aquino Arias, 24, of Passaic, New Jersey, received a 37-month sentence on Wednesday.

His co-conspirator Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez, 20, of New Haven, Connecticut, received a 15-month sentence on Thursday.

The women pleaded guilty in June to robbing a bank in Garfield, New Jersey, while covering their heads and conspiring to steal money from an ATM in a bank in Scotrun, Pennsylvania.

Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez, 20, and Melisa Aquino Arias, 24, were sentenced to two and three years in prison

Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez, 20, and Melisa Aquino Arias, 24, were sentenced to two and three years in prison

Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez, 20, and Melisa Aquino Arias, 24, were sentenced to two and three years in prison

Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez, 20, (left) and Melisa Aquino Arias, 24, (right) were sentenced to two and three years in prison

The couple went to rob in a bank for New Jersey and Pennsylvania

The couple went to rob in a bank for New Jersey and Pennsylvania

The couple went to rob in a bank for New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Aria's guilty plea came weeks after her co-defendant Pedraza-Rodríguez pleaded guilty to the same crimes

Both women faced up to 41 years in prison but received about three years.

The couple was arrested about two weeks after Garfield's robbery, when they went to a Teaneck bank and asked about opening an account.

An employee recognized them and called the police.

The FBI posted surveillance photos of the Pennsylvania robbery on Twitter, showing the women in nun's outfit, sunglasses and guns.

Surveillance footage of the Pennsylvania robbery shows two women dressed as nuns who escaped penniless after an alarm was triggered

Surveillance footage of the Pennsylvania robbery shows two women dressed as nuns who escaped penniless after an alarm was triggered

Surveillance footage of the Pennsylvania robbery shows two women dressed as nuns who escaped penniless after an alarm was triggered

Surveillance footage of the Pennsylvania robbery shows two women dressed as nuns who escaped penniless after an alarm was triggered

Surveillance footage of the Pennsylvania robbery shows two women dressed as nuns who escaped penniless after an alarm was triggered

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