Scott Swift, the father of music icon Taylor Swift, found a burglar in his $4 million dollar St. Petersburg, FL waterfront penthouse last month, and the suspect, Terrence Hoover, has finally been arrested.
On January 17th, Swift was returning home around 10pm when he spotted Hoover in his downtown St. Pete residence. The Tampa Bay Times reports that once Swift spotted Hoover running from his penthouse, “a struggle ensued between the two men before Hoover ran away,” and after escaping, Hoover called police to report an encounter with a man living at Swift’s residence.
The Pinellas County Police Report states that Swift identified Hoover via a photo pack of suspects, however, Hoover was not found immediately after the burglary. On January 31st, a warrant was issued for Hoover’s arrest and on February 12th, his arrest was made. Hoover is in jail on a $50,000 bail and facing burglary charges.
To access Swift’s penthouse, court records claim that Hoover climbed 13 flights of stairs in one of Vinoy Place’s heavily secured towers, and that Swift’s residence can be accessed only through an emergency elevator or stairwell requiring a keycard to enter. Security cameras caught Hoover exiting the stairwell and entering the penthouse around 10pm the night of the burglary.
Swift’s purchased the Vinoy condo at a record breaking price in 2018; the 5,359 square foot penthouse takes up an entire floor at the top of one of the towers and includes three bedrooms and three baths.