Dressed As Nuns: FBI Charges 2 Women With Bank Robberies

by Kim Boateng Posted on October 18th, 2017

Tannersville, Pensylvania, USA: The FBI has charged two women with robbing a pair of New Jersey banks and also trying to rob a bank in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains while dressed as nuns. Nineteen-year-old Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez, of New Haven, Connecticut, and 23-year-old Melisa Aquino Arias, of the Dominican Republic, appeared before a judge in Newark, New Jersey, on Monday.

They’re charged with robbing banks in Garfield and Teaneck, New Jersey, while one or both wore head scarves.

The Garfield heist was Sept. 27. The Teaneck heist was Sunday, when the women were arrested.

Law enforcement officials say the women are also suspected in an attempted robbery of the Citizens Bank in Tannersville, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 28. Those robbers were dressed as nuns and ran away without money after an alarm was triggered.

#Wanted for attempted armed bank robbery today in #Tannersville PA: 2 H/F, ~5′-5’2″; wore nuns’ habits/veils, had blk handgun. 215-418-4000

— FBI Philadelphia (@FBIPhiladelphia) August 28, 2017
The FBI had posted surveillance photos on Twitter from the Pennsylvania heist.

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

The Photo shows the suspects, Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez, of New Haven, Connecticut (left) and Melisa Aquino Arias, of the Dominican Republic (Right).

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