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Second woman sentenced for crime spree, robbing bank dressed as nun

NEWARK, N.J. - The second woman in a monthlong crime spree in which she and another woman dressed as nuns is headed to prison.

Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez, of Connecticut, received a 15-month sentence Thursday.

The 20-year-old 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 Pocono Township.

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

The pair was 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.


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