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Taylor Swift's Dad Fought Off Burglar Who Broke Into His $4 Million Florida Penthouse

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By Mike Walters

Taylor Swift's father is a badass and just went through one of the scariest things you can imagine after the pop superstar's father was forced to fight off a burglar who he stumbled upon when returning home to his Florida penthouse.

According to legal documents, filed in St. Petersberg Florida, on January 17, Scott Swift returned home to his $4 Million penthouse apartment in the area to find a guy inside of his home.

Around 10 PM on the night of the burglary, Swift returned home to find a man, Terrence Hoover, attempting to steal items inside of his apartment. The residence can only be accessed through an emergency stairwell or an elevator which requires a key card to make an entrance.

Taylor Swift's Dad Brawled Inside His Home With The Burglar!!

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According to The Tampa Bay Times, who broke the story, Swift entered his residence through the elevator and watched Hoover attempt to run out of his apartment. A "struggle" ensued between the two men and Hoover was able to escape.

Interestingly, the report claims Hoover is the one who called the police to "report his encounter with a man living at the Vinoy." But, when police interviewed Swift he told them the story, and he was able to pick Hoover's picture out of a group of police photographs.

The St. Petersburg Police says they could not find the man after the burglary took place, but a judge signed an arrest warrant for Hoover on Jan. 31.

Alleged Burglar's Mugshot...

Marion County Sheriff's

He was arrested by Marion County, Florida this week. He has been charged and was locked up in a local jail on a $50,000 bail.

The Times reported the burglary suspect has a lengthy criminal record including domestic violence by strangulation, aggravated battery, burglary, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping and false imprisonment.

At this point, it is unclear if he was targeting the famous pop star's father or if somehow he just stumbled across a home owned by the Swift family.

It seems Taylor Swift's dad was lucky he was seriously injured in the melee.

It's Unclear If He Was Targeted Because of His Daughter...

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We spoke to Saint Petersburg luxury realtor, Jon Lewandowski, who tells us that "Many of Hollywood’s elite live in the area and Scott is often seen around town; and very known for his down to earth persona and kindness.”

He continued, “It was a shock to our community when hearing about this, especially in such a secure building and in an area where crime rates are low. It shows that no matter where you live, nor how secure the building may be, nowhere is “safe”. Thank God no one was hurt and the material things can be replaced. This residence was the most expensive purchase at The Vinoy Towers that have unobstructed views of our beautiful Tampa Bay.”

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