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Woman charged with sneaking onto MacDill AFB

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson wants to know how a homeless woman was able to sneak into MacDill Air Force Base four times.       

"I am convinced that they are doing what they can, and that it is sufficient for our national security interest in this base," said Sen. Nelson, a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, during a Friday visit to MacDill.

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

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.     

Base commander Colonel Scott De Thomas said, "I realize that it is never acceptable to have four incursions of any kind, but I also commend the folks that we found the individual in question all four times."      

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. 

"We have taken measures to prevent the physical part of it, we have heightened our awareness, and we are more aware that trespasses are an issue... and we will continue to do our best job to prevent it from happening again," said Col. De Thomas.

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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