New Jersey woman admits to crime spree, robbing bank dressed as nun

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(AP) - A New Jersey woman has admitted her role in a month-long crime spree in two states, including an attempted bank robbery in Pennsylvania where she and another woman dressed as nuns.

Melisa Aquino Arias also pleaded guilty Friday to robbing a bank in Garfield, New Jersey while wearing a head covering and conspiring to steal money from an ATM machine at a bank in Scotrun, Pennsylvania. The 23-year-old Passaic woman faces up to 41 years in prison when she's sentenced Sept. 21.

The pleas came just weeks after her co-defendant, 19-year-old Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez, of New Haven, Connecticut, pleaded guilty to the same offenses.

They were arrested about two weeks after the Garfield robbery, when they went to a Teaneck bank and asked about opening an account. An employee there recognized them as suspects in the Garfield robbery and called police.

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