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Taylor Swift’s Dad Fought Off a Burglar in His Florida Penthouse

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By Joe Allen

Taylor Swift’s father probably doesn’t mind the fact that his daughter’s success allowed him to purchase a $4 million penthouse in Florida. Although the penthouse is a nice perk, it does mean that burglars are more likely to scope out his property, which is apparently exactly what happened on January 17.

According to The Tampa Bay Times, Scott Swift returned to his home around 10 pm that night to find that there was already someone inside his 13th-floor penthouse.

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The penthouse is located in one of the Vinoy Place towers, which are supposed to be guarded by heavy security. The burglar was identified as Terrence Hoover, a 30-year-old man from St. Augustine who had managed to get past a fully gated and guarded entrance in order to break into Swift’s apartment.

Once he was past the gate, Hoover reportedly used an emergency stairwell in order to gain access to the penthouse. Surveillance footage suggests that he entered the penthouse just before 10 pm.

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Swift returned home just a few minutes later, and confronted Hoover before he fled the scene. The Tampa Bay Times reported that Swift got into a “struggle” with Hoover.

Hoover later reported his encounter with Swift to the cops, and Swift was then able to pick Hoover out of a lineup. Hours before the break in, the paper reported that Hoover was cited for performing an illegal U-turn by police. He is currently being held on a charge of burglary. His bail is set at $50,000.

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At this time, it’s not clear whether Hoover was aware of who he was robbing, or how Scott Swift was connected to his ultra-famous daughter.

It’s possible to imagine universes where the crime took place simply because Swift had a nice apartment, and it’s also possible to imagine that Hoover knew exactly who he was robbing when he broke in.

Either way, Swift managed to fight him off before he stole anything without being hurt himself, which is remarkable all on its own.

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In recent weeks, Swift has opened up more about her relationship with her father and the rest of her family in the documentary “Miss Americana.” In the documentary, we see Taylor experience something of political awakening, even as we follow her journey to stardom and learn much more about her personal life.

Swift is still a young star, but it seems that more and more she’s finding her own voice, even if it comes at the expense of some of her relationships.

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