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'Fearless' Indeed; Taylor Swift's Dad Defends His Home From Burglary

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By Melissa Weirick

Taylor Swift's parents are known for their allegiance to their daughter. While everyone else sees her as the uber-famous global superstar, Scott and Andrea Swift simply see Taylor as their curly-haired daughter who had a big dream. Witnessed in the star's new Netflix documentary, Miss Americana, Taylor's parents are her biggest supporters. And it turns out, it's not only with Taylor that they walk the walk. On January 17th of this year, Scott Swift stood his ground against someone who was trying to rob his home.

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It was around 10 PM on that night in St. Petersburg, FL, when Scott got home. Incidentally, that was the same time that the burglar arrived, too. Vinoy Towers, where Scott's penthouse is located, has heavy security - but the burglar clearly made his way through. He snuck through a fully gated and guarded entrance and made it up to Scott Swift's penthouse via the emergency stairwell. When the burglar entered the penthouse, security footage shows he and Scott having a "struggle" before the assailant fled the scene.

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Funnily enough, the burglar was the one to report the crime. He went to police and stated that he had gotten into an altercation with someone who lives at Vinoy Towers. But Scott Swift reported it as well, and later identified the man in a photo lineup. His identity was revealed as 30-year-old Terrence Hoover, from St. Augustine, FL. Just hours before the break-in, Hoover was stopped by Florida police for completing an illegal U-Turn. Clearly, he was on the way to bigger crimes that night.

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What's not clear about this run-in is if Hoover was aware that the penthouse he was breaking into belonged to Taylor Swift's father. It's also unclear if anything was taken from Scott Swift's home. But Hoover was served with an arrest warrant on February 12th and is being held on $50,000 bail. (The reason as to why it happened so long after the crime was because Hoover fled and could not be found until now). The man also has quite a laundry list of past offenses which include domestic violence by strangulation, aggravated battery, burglary, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, and false imprisonment.

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Hoover's mother claimed that Hoover had only gotten lost while searching for his estranged wife. Because of this, she insisted he only is charged with trespassing. This seems unlikely, though, given that Hoover climbed 13 flights of stairs (via the emergency halls) to make his way to the place he wanted to burgle. The fact that it was 13 floors is also quite odd, given the 'The Man' singer's affinity for the number any fan would know that she uses it for any and everything.

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Neither Scott Swift nor Taylor's representatives responded to give a comment about the situation, and sources still aren't sure if Hoover knew who the penthouse belonged to; if he targeted it for a specific reason. Court documents never revealed Scott as the owner, which isn't surprising due to how private the Swift family likes to keep their assets and finances. But apparently property records and other databases let the public know who the penthouse belonged to. Hoover had as much access to those documents as anyone else, which means it's entirely possible that he cased this particular joint on purpose.

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