Alleged Serial California thief Arrested

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Charles Chukwuma Onwuemelie, 26, is accused of a total of 68 armed robberies that have occurred throughout the LA area since October 2021, according to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

Onwuemelie allegedly “used a blue cloth to cover the handgun used in the robberies that occurred at gas stations, 7-11s and Walmarts,” LAPD said in a press release.

“The suspect would conceal himself by wearing different hats, a face mask, and rubber gloves,” LAPD said. “The same vehicle was used in many of the robberies, and the same suspect was linked to the robberies based on several factors.”

Onwuemelie’s latest attempt occurred on Sept. 23, when detectives crafted a plan to initiate surveillance and serve a search warrant.

Surveillance footage released by the LAPD shows the suspect appearing to purchase items at a convenience store before he reveals his alleged weapon covered by a blue cloth. He can also be seen wearing blue gloves and a hat that conceals his face in the video.

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