Police charge man with Pelham bank robbery

Published 11:10 am Monday, January 16, 2012


A Mississippi man is being held in the Shelby County Jail on a $60,000 bond after police said he robbed a Pelham bank with a knife on Jan. 14.


Officers arrested 52-year-old Marietta, Miss., resident David Alexander Kulinski and charged him with one count of first-degree robbery about 10 minutes after an employee at Cadence Bank on Huntley Parkway in Pelham called authorities to report the robbery.

The employee told police a white male, armed with a knife, entered the bank and passed a note to a teller demanding money.

After receiving money, the police said Kulinski left the bank on foot. No one was injured during the robbery.

Officers responded to the scene within minutes, beginning a search for the suspect.

At 10:23 a.m., a person fitting the suspect’s description was spotted at the nearby Pelham Towne Center shopping complex and taken into custody without incident.

An undisclosed amount of money, along with a knife, was found on Kulinski, police said. Bank employees also positively identified the suspect, according to police.

According to police, Kulinski was a construction worker, and had been staying at a local campground while working in the area.

The Pelham Police Department contacted the Birmingham FBI office after the robbery.