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Recently freed MacDill intruder arrested again

Published:   |   Updated: February 12, 2014 at 04:20 PM

A little more than a week after being released from jail for trespassing onto MacDill Air Force Base four times, Suzanne Jensen is back in jail, this time charged with stealing sun block, popcorn, chocolates and cookies from a Largo Publix supermarket.

Largo Police say Jensen, 51, went into a Publix at 5000 East Bay Dr. Tuesday shortly after 2 p.m. and placed the items in her backpack. She was stopped when she walked out of the store by Publix security and turned over to Largo Police, according to Largo Police Lt. Paul Amodeo.

The items were valued at a combined $17.48, Amodeo said.

Jensen is being held at the Pinellas County jail on $150 bond, according to court records.

Jensen, who sneaked onto MacDill — home of U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command, four times between Oct. 1, 2012, and Jan. 4, 2013, was released from jail Feb. 4 after pleading guilty to four counts of illegally entering a military facility and one count of illegally using a military ID badge. She was incarcerated longer than her sentence, which was six months and three days, according to court records.

“Oh no,” said Karla Straube, Jensen’s mother, when informed by a reporter that her daughter was back in jail. “This is getting worse and worse. She has no money. She chose not to come to my house, and I said she needs to reapply for Social Security Disability Benefits. But instead she is stealing food now.”

The intrusions into MacDill, which included at least two cases in which Jensen said she scaled fences, prompted a review of security procedures, according to a base spokesman.

In July, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson conducted a review of security procedures at MacDill. After meeting with base leaders, Nelson said he was satisfied MacDill was safe.

Jensen began sneaking onto bases more than a decade ago, according to court records, starting in 2003 at Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base in Fayetteville, N.C. She has since been detained at Fort George C. Meade in Maryland, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia, Fort Carson in Colorado and Fort Benning in Georgia, in addition to MacDill.

Straube said bailing her daughter out would be pointless.

“She’ll just be back out on the streets doing the same thing,” said Straube. “She really needs to be in a supervised setting with boundaries, She is not able to understand consequences of her actions. She is mentally ill.”

Straube has said that when her daughter sneaked onto the military bases, she had delusions of being a secret agent.


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