In what police called a rare occurrence, two women allegedly robbed a bank in Brighton this morning but were quickly arrested.
Police said they were investigating to see if the women are tied to any other crimes in a recent rash of robberies.
"It is rare, it is very rare," Boston Police Superintendent William Evans said. "But [officers] found evidence that tied the two females to the robbery that occurred."
Awa Nafi Ly, of Dorchester, and Lisa Juanita Sims, both 44 and from Dorchester, face charges of armed robbery related to the incident.
Witnesses told police they saw the perpetrator discarding an activated dye pack near Jim's Deli & Restaurant on Washington Street, and then jump into a white Lincoln Navigator outbound on Washington Street toward Foster Street.
That's when a police officer working a detail reported that he had just seen the described vehicle speeding by on Foster Street with two women inside. Police were able to trail the vehicle, and eventually made it stop as it pulled onto the Boston College campus.
The two women were arrested, and police said they found evidence in the car that included clothes matching the description of those worn by the robbers, and gloves with red dye on them.
A Boston bank robbery task force is probing whether the women are involved in other cases in a late-year spike of robberies.
"We're seeing a rash of them," Evans said. "They're not all females, so we're still concerned."
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