Man awakens and finds cat burglar in home

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published September 7, 2011


A Troy woman released early from jail after stealing credit cards may face more jail time after she allegedly broke into a home dressed as a cat burglar in the early hours of Aug. 27.


An intruder downstairs awakened Troy residents asleep on the second level of their home on Congress, in the Square Lake and Rochester roads area, at 4:40 a.m. The male resident told police he saw a person dressed in all black and carrying a flashlight in the lower level of his home. He reportedly yelled, and the person fled out of the home.

The man called police, who set up a perimeter and used their K-9 unit to track the suspect, Troy Police Lt. Bob Redmond said.

Police located and arrested a female suspect, Salwa Salim Mansour, 41, of Troy. She was dressed in all-black clothing and was wearing rubber gloves and a blue backpack, which contained two purses, two GPS units, jewelry and suspected narcotics that are being tested as suspected crystal methamphetamine, according to reports.

Redmond said the two purses in the suspect’s possession belong to the homeowner’s wife and were stolen from vehicles parked in the garage.

Police said entry to the home was made through unlocked doors from the exterior of the garage and from the garage into the home.

Mansour was arraigned on first-degree home invasion and larceny from an auto in 52/4 District Court Aug. 29. She appeared in court without an attorney. Bond was set at $25,000/cash or surety. Police said Mansour plead guilty to possession of stolen credit cards this past March and was sentenced in April to 210 days in jail. She also has been arrested twice on drunken driving charges, police said.