When pop superstar Taylor Swift’s dad confronted a burglar in his $4 million Vinoy Place penthouse in January, Scott Swift feared the intruder could have a weapon, according to St. Petersburg police records.
At that moment, Swift began “punching and hitting” Terrence Hoover before the two men rode a private elevator to the ground level, according to a police report released Tuesday. During the tussle, Hoover yelled that “he just came up the stairs” and “didn’t mean to go into your apartment,” the report states.
Before running away, Hoover yelled: “I’m getting out of here.”
Swift’s name is redacted in the police report. Through property records and other databases, the Tampa Bay Times determined he owned the penthouse. Once police responded to the burglary, Swift told officers that he didn’t know Hoover and didn’t give him permission to enter the penthouse on the 13th floor.
A security camera recorded Hoover walk up the stairs and exit the stairwell into the penthouse just before 10 p.m., the report states. Swift told police he thought the door was locked because “he never uses that entrance.”
Officers reviewed security video and watched Hoover enter wearing no shirt, jeans and carrying a skateboard. He tried opening one closet, but he couldn’t get the door open, the report states. The video system didn’t record the struggle, but it did capture audio of the men yelling.
Shortly after the encounter, Hoover called police from his cell phone to report that he was “beaten in the area." He declined to reveal his name, saying he was in the city visiting friends. Police asked Hoover why he entered the Vinoy penthouse.
“If I was a thief, I would have stole something and if I was a criminal, I would have beat that old man up,” the report states. “This was all a misunderstanding.”
He refused to return to the Vinoy. Officers researched the phone number, linking it to Hoover. Swift then picked Hoover out of a photo pack of pictures, the report states. The career criminal from St. Augustine was later arrested and is in the Pinellas County Jail awaiting a trial. Hoover did not take any items from the penthouse.
Swift, who received injuries to his hand during the scuffle, later told police that a cleaning crew was at the penthouse days earlier and may have left the door unlocked, the report states.
When Swift purchased the penthouse in 2018, it was a record-breaking price for a Vinoy condo. The penthouse encompasses the entire top floor of one tower and includes 5,359 square feet, three bedrooms and three full baths.