ST. PETERSBURG — Pop superstar Taylor Swift’s dad paid $4 million for a penthouse in one of the Vinoy Place towers loaded with security measures, but a career criminal recently waltzed through the entrance to climb 13 flights to burglarize the condominium.
That’s what St. Petersburg police say Terrence Hoover, 30, of St. Augustine, did on Jan. 17.
Through property records and other databases, the Tampa Bay Times determined Scott Swift owns the penthouse. He did not respond to messages left at phone numbers listed for him or respond to an email.
Swift found Hoover in the penthouse when he returned home at about 10 p.m. the night of the burglary, according to Pinellas County court records. The residence can only be accessed through an emergency stairwell or an elevator that requires a key card, court records show.
According to reports, Swift returned home through the elevator and watched Hoover run out of his residence. A struggle ensued between the men before Hoover ran away. Hoover later called the police “to report his encounter with a man living at the Vinoy,” according to the report.
St. Petersburg police could not find Hoover after the burglary. A judge signed an arrest warrant on Jan. 31. Marion County deputies arrested him on Feb. 12, records show. He faces a burglary charge and is in jail on $50,000 bail.