NEWARK, New Jersey — She might want to say a prayer to the patron saint of prison inmates.
A 20-year-old stick-up artist has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for a string of bank robberies in which she and her partner dressed up as gun-toting nuns.
Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez, of New Haven, Connecticut, had pleaded guilty in June to robbing a bank in Garfield, New Jersey, while wearing a head covering and for a botched attempt to rip off an ATM at a bank in Scotrun, Pennsylvania.
Her co-defendant, 24-year-old Melisa Aquino Arias of Passaic, New Jersey, was sentenced last week to 37 months behind bars.
The two women were also accused of two other failed bank robberies in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in which they donned Muslim head scarves to disguise their identities.
In all, they only managed to score $2,900.
They were finally arrested after one of the botched robberies when a bank employee recognized them from photos that had been made public from one of the earlier robberies and called police. While they managed to get away from the bank, they were arrested by officers as they drove away.