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Woman charged with sneaking onto MacDill

Jul. 10, 2013 - 12:30PM   |  
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TAMPA, FLA. — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson wants to know how a homeless woman was able to sneak into MacDill Air Force Base four times.

The Tampa Bay Times first reported the incidents. A spokesman for Nelson said Tuesday the senator has asked the Air Force for an explanation and a briefing on base security.

“We want to know how it happened and what’s being done to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” said spokesman Ryan Brown.

Suzanne Jensen, 50, told officials she slipped onto the base by turning a garbage can upside down and climbing a wall. Records show she stayed on the base for days at a time. An affidavit said she was caught on MacDill property in October, November and December of 2012 and in January of this year.

MacDill officials declined to comment on Jensen’s actions, saying the base is working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to investigate the case.

Jensen was cited by MacDill officials and charged with four trespassing counts and possession of a stolen military ID; during one instance, she was caught by officials at a gym on the base and was found with a stolen ID.

Jensen told officers that “for about eight days she had been living inside a boat that was on a trailer parked in the base’s family Camp area,” an affidavit said.

Jensen was charged last month with four trespassing charges and possession of a stolen military ID. She has not yet been arrested on the charges and is not yet represented by a lawyer.

She also pleaded guilty in August 2012 after trespassing at Fort Myer in Virginia. She was sentenced to time served.

In 2007, she was charged with two federal trespass counts in North Carolina in a case that was eventually dismissed. Court records are unavailable and it is unclear if she was arrested for entering a military installation. But Jensen’s address was listed as general delivery at Fort Bragg, a North Carolina Army base.

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