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FBI nabs 2 women suspected of trying to rob bank dressed as nuns

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POCONO TWP., Pa. - Two women charged with robbing a pair of New Jersey banks are also suspected of trying to rob a bank in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains while dressed as nuns.

Swahilys Pedraza Rodriguez, 19, and Melisa Aquino Arias, 23, appeared before a judge in Newark, New Jersey on Monday. They're also charged with robbing banks in Garfield and Teaneck, New Jersey, while wearing head scarves. The Garfield heist was on Sept. 27, while the Teaneck heist, at the NVE Bank, was on Sunday and where the women were arrested.

The FBI says the women are also suspected in an attempted robbery of the Citizens Bank on Route 611 in Pocono Township on Aug. 28. Those robbers were dressed as nuns, one armed with a pistol, but ran away without money after an alarm was triggered.

The FBI had posted surveillance photos on Twitter from the Poconos heist.

The women's attorneys didn't immediately return messages Tuesday.


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