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2 Women Rob Nun of Her Rosary Beads at Knifepoint: Cops


Two Massachusetts women are accused of robbing a nun at knifepoint and stealing her rosary beads.

The sister, from the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth Convent in Quincy, was walking down the street Sunday when she told police a woman approached her and attempted to snatch a small satchel from her hand.

While one suspect allegedly accosted the woman of God, the other acted as a lookout, CBS Boston reported.

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The nun said she opened her satchel when she noticed the knife. There was no money inside, but the suspect allegedly wanted it anyway.

“I guess I’ll take the rosary beads,” the suspect, identified by police as Vanessa Young, allegedly told the nun.

After giving up her holy beads, the nun — who was wearing street clothes and not the traditional habit — was able to return safely to her convent.

Later Sunday, two women who reportedly matched the nun's description of the suspects, were arrested.

While they denied involvement, police searched the women and allegedly recovered a small locking knife, six cellphones of various makes and models, and a checkbook belonging to a resident of a neighboring town.

Police did not, however, recover the rosary beads.

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Police arrested Vanessa Young and charged her with armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) and daytime breaking and entering to commit a felony.

Crystal Young was arrested and charged with armed robbery and accessory after the fact.

The rosary beads have not yet been recovered.

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