California serial thief ‘Blue Cloth Bandit’ arrested in connection to 68 armed robberies

Los Angeles police, on Wednesday, announced the arrest of a notorious armed robber popularly known as the “Blue Cloth Bandit.”

Charles Chukwuma Onwuemelie, 26, allegedly involved in 68 armed robberies that have occurred throughout the LA area since October 2021, according to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

According to sources, Onwuemelie “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.

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