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Couple dressed in religious garb to rob banks, authorities say

Melisa Aquino arias, 23, pleaded guilty Friday to robbing a bank in Garfield, N. J., in September last year, while wearing a head-dress resembles that of a nun.

(Bergen County Sheriff’s Office)

Two women, banks are robbed, while the wearing of religious clothing will soon be on the way to the prison, authorities said.

One of the women, which as a Balm Aquino arias, 23, of Passaic, N. J., pleaded guilty Friday to robbing a bank in Garfield, N. J., in September last year, while wearing a headgear similar to that of a non NJ.com reported.

Arias also pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal cash from an ATM in Scotrun, Pennsylvania in the Poconos region, also in September last year, the outlet said.

Melisa Aquino arias, 23, and Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez, 19, pleaded guilty to robbing a bank in Garfield, N. J., while wearing a headscarf and conspiracy to steal money from an ATM at a bank in Scotrun, Pa.

(FBI)

She faces up to 41 years in prison Sept. 21, authorities said.

Arias and her co-conspirator, identified as Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez, 19, of New Haven, Conn., took $2,900 while robbing the Garfield bank at gunpoint, authorities said.

Arias’ two guilty resources came a few weeks after Pedraza-Rodriguez, pleaded guilty to the same offences. She is scheduled to be sentenced in August, according to NJ.com.

Melisa Aquino arias, 23, and Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez, 19, pleaded guilty to robbing a bank in Garfield, N. J., while wearing a headscarf and conspiracy to steal money from an ATM at a bank in Scotrun, Pa.

(FBI)

The couple appeared for the first time in nun’s habits for an attempted robbery in Tannersville, Pa., August of last year, the report said.

The New Jersey news site reported that the pair also wore hijabs during a number of robberies.

Melisa Aquino arias, 23, and Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez, 19, pleaded guilty to robbing a bank in Garfield, N. J., while wearing a headscarf and conspiracy to steal money from an ATM at a bank in Scotrun, Pa.

(FBI)

In October last year, about two weeks after the Garfield robbery, arias was wearing an orange hijab and Pedraza-Rodriguez is a black head covering when they went to a bank in Teaneck, N. J., for questions about how to open an account, according to the NJ.com report.

This time, the bank, the manager recognized them and called the police, the report said. The two women were then arrested at gunpoint after trying to flee the bank, according to NJ.com

The two Leonia police officers who arrested arias and Pedraza-Rodriguez had recognized them from a wanted poster, authorities said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Amy’s Place is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

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