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MacDill Air Force Base’s serial trespasser

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At MacDill Air Force Base, there is not just one or two signs warning people without permission to stay out; there are dozens.

But they apprently did not keep a 50-year-old homeless woman named Suzanne Jensen out.

"In my 30 years I have never seen anything like this," said retired Colonel Evelio Otero.

MacDill is not Jensen's first "tour." She has also been accused of getting onto military bases in Virginia and North Carolina.

Colonel Otero said it is very surprising.

"She is just lucky, because military installations are all pretty tight are all pretty strict. All the security measures are designed so it deters people from committing those sorts of things," he said.

An arrest warrant showed Jensen snuck past MacDill security four times starting in October of 2012. The first time, she was stopped by retired Air Force officer Barney Morris. He was preparing his excursion boat Cruise n' Catch for a day on the water.

"She said, 'Don't worry about it. I have permission from the boat's owner to be on here.' I said, 'No, you don't, because I'm the owner of the vessel and I didn't give you permission, so who are you?'" he told FOX13.

Her answer left him scratching his head.

"She said she was on a secret mission that she couldn't discuss," he said.

The arrest warrant said she was told not to come back, but she did three more times. According to documents, she stole an ID badge, another time used a trash can as a ladder to climb over the gate, and she would stay for days at a time before being caught.

While she has not yet been officially charged, Colonel Otero said the military typically takes a hard line on base intrusions.

"No matter what it is, what area it maybe it all depends on the security installation and the forces you have to be prepared to deal with the consequences. Usually, it's pretty negative," he said.

MacDill released a press release stating:

"All incidents are reviewed for security purposes and steps have been taken to eliminate each of the breaches that occurred. With over 6 million visitors to MacDill each year, our Security Forces go to great lengths to protect the people and assets assigned to the base. As always, we continue to rely on our local community to assist in identifying those things that look suspicious. When in doubt, please call us."

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