Woman sen­tenced for crime spree, rob­bing bank dressed as nun

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS -

NE­WARK » 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-yearold 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-yearold 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.

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