Accused Roseville serial burglar arraigned

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Roseville — An accused serial burglar was arraigned Wednesday on several breaking-and-entering charges after he was caught fleeing from a scene on his bicycle, police said.

Roseville resident Imari Cowans, 17, was arrested around 2:20 a.m. Tuesday near a Party Hut store at 29307 Gratiot Avenue, according to a press release. An officer in the area noticed damage to the store’s front door and found what appeared to be blood on the opened cash register inside.

Approximately 20 minutes later, the officer spotted Cowans riding a bicycle blocks away from the store near Common Road and Park Street, police said. He had “an apparent cut on his hand.”

The teen attempted to flee but was taken into custody after a short pursuit.

He was charged Wednesday in 39th District Court with breaking and entering, possession of burglar tools, and resisting/obstructing a police officer, police said. All are felony charges carrying from 2 to 10 years in prison.

Bond was set at $150,000 cash or surety.

Further investigation linked Cowans to three other incidents, police said.

He was charged Wednesday with felony breaking and entering for robberies Nov. 8 at the same Party Hut on Gratiot Avenue and at a Kroger gas station at 30200 Gratiot Avenue. He also faces a felony breaking and entering charge for a Nov. 9 robbery at a BP gas station at 30991 Groesbeck.

Bond for those three incidents was set at $25,000 cash or surety.

Cowans is due back in court Dec. 2.

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