Northeast Times

Two fugitives arrested in unrelated armed robberies

  • James Springbett

  • Dean Ceraolo

Po­lice have an­nounced the re­cent ar­rests of two fu­git­ives in con­nec­tion with two un­re­lated armed rob­ber­ies of con­veni­ence stores in the Far North­east.

Ci­vil­ian tips helped in­vest­ig­at­ors identi­fy both al­leged rob­bers.

Of­ficers cap­tured Dean Ceraolo, 51, on Sept. 20 and charged him with an Aug. 24 heist at the Wawa at 10901 Bustleton Ave. 

At 5:18 p.m. that day, Ceraolo al­legedly entered the store, told a cash­ier he had a gun and de­man­ded cash from the re­gister. He fled through the back door with an un­dis­closed amount of cash, po­lice said.

Po­lice pos­ted video of the heist on You­Tube. Tip­sters re­cog­nized Ceraolo in the video. De­tails of his ar­rest were not re­leased. Ceraolo has no res­id­ence of re­cord, po­lice said.

Au­thor­it­ies found a second rob­bery sus­pect, James Spring­bett, 21, already be­hind bars in Mont­gomery County on charges un­re­lated to his Phil­adelphia case.

On Aug. 18, Spring­bett al­legedly stuck up the 7-El­ev­en at 3224 By­berry Road. He al­legedly entered the store at 11 p.m., pulled a gun on a cash­ier, went be­hind the counter and de­man­ded money from the re­gister. He fled south on Academy Road with an un­dis­closed amount of cash, po­lice said.

In­vest­ig­at­ors pos­ted video of the rob­bery on You­Tube and re­ceived tips identi­fy­ing Spring­bett as the cul­prit. In the mean­time, au­thor­it­ies in Mont­gomery County locked up Spring­bett in con­nec­tion with an­oth­er case. Phil­adelphia po­lice found him in the Eagleville lock-up.

Spring­bett is from the 3400 block of Mor­rell Ave., po­lice said. ••

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