Northeast Times

Two pinched in bank robbery

  • Joseph Coraluzzi

  • Deana Paulik

A Holmes­burg man and a young Cherry Hill wo­man tried to knock off a Ben­s­alem bank on Aug. 27, but they didn’t get away with it for very long, au­thor­it­ies claim.

Joseph Cor­aluzzi, 32, and his baby-faced al­leged ac­com­plice, 24-year-old Deana Pau­l­ik, were both ar­res­ted one day after the doomed heist, ac­cord­ing to Ben­s­alem po­lice.

Cor­aluzzi al­legedly walked in­to Fulton Bank, at 2100 Street Road, shortly be­fore 1 p.m. that Tues­day and handed a de­mand note to a tell­er in­dic­at­ing he had a gun. Au­thor­it­ies said the tell­er sur­rendered an un­dis­closed amount of cash to Cor­aluzzi, who fled the bank in an un­known dir­ec­tion and by un­known means. The rob­ber wore a black hooded sweat­shirt and black shorts, but had made no ap­par­ent at­tempt to ob­scure his fa­cial ap­pear­ance. Sur­veil­lance im­ages showed his short dark brown hair, un­shaven face and lanky build.

Ben­s­alem po­lice dis­trib­uted im­ages of the rob­ber pub­licly and were able to identi­fy Cor­aluzzi, a res­id­ent of the 4500 block of Marple St., as the prime sus­pect. They is­sued an ar­rest war­rant for him and cap­tured him on Aug. 28 dur­ing a car stop in Maple Shade. A photo of his ar­rest re­leased by Ben­s­alem po­lice shows Cor­aluzzi with a shaved head and eye­glasses.

Au­thor­it­ies later de­term­ined that Pau­l­ik con­spired in the rob­bery, but did not ex­plain how.

Cor­aluzzi will be ex­tra­dited to Pennsylvania to face charges in Bucks County. Pau­l­ik was ar­raigned by Dis­trict Justice Joseph Fal­cone on Aug. 28. ••

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