Women charged with dressing as nuns during bank robbery attempt

A couple of young women who were allegedly in the habit of holding up banks while in costume have been charged, officials said this week.

The FBI says 19-year-old Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez and 23-year-old Melissa Aquino Arias attempted to rob a bank in Pennsylvania's Poconos region back in August while disguised as nuns.

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Surveillance photos were released of the attempted robbery near the town of Tannersville and show two suspects wearing religious garments, with at least one of them brandishing a black handgun.

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California "weed nun" Christine Meeusen, 57, who goes by the name Sister Kate (R), and Desiree Calderon, who goes by the name Sister Freya, pour CBD salve made from hemp at Sisters of the Valley near Merced, California, U.S., April 18, 2017. Picture taken April 18, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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California "weed nun" Christine Meeusen, 57, who goes by the name Sister Kate (L), and India Delgado, who goes by the name Sister Eevee, trim hemp in the kitchen at Sisters of the Valley near Merced, California, U.S., April 18, 2017. Picture taken April 18, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
California "weed nun" Desiree Calderon, who goes by the name Sister Freya, pours CBD salve made from hemp at Sisters of the Valley near Merced, California, U.S., April 18, 2017. Picture taken April 18, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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California "weed nun" Desiree Calderon, who goes by the name Sister Freya, trims hemp in the kitchen at Sisters of the Valley near Merced, California, U.S., April 18, 2017. Picture taken April 18, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Officials say the duo bolted at the sound of an alarm. However, they're accused of playing dress up before other other--more successful--heists.

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Pedraza-Rodriguez and Arias are also accused of robbing two banks in New Jersey last month while wearing head scarves.

They appeared before a judge in Newark on Monday.

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