Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Pasco man accused of stealing guardrail, selling for scrap

NEW PORT RICHEY

Man stole guardrail, sold it, authorities say

A 24-year-old man is accused of stealing a 16-foot metal guardrail and selling it at a metal recycling station.

David B. Supel, of Holiday, told the St. Petersburg Times that the arrest is a misunderstanding and that he will fight the charges.

Pasco Sheriff's deputies said Supel told them he found the rail in the woods and sold it for scrap because he is unemployed and needs money to feed his children, according to the Pasco Sheriff's Office.

The rail belongs to Pasco County and is worth $305. Supel got $29.90 for it, a report says.

Authorities discovered the rail was missing from 8704 Decubellis Road, where it was used as a border between a sidewalk and a pond. Supel denied prying it off and maintained he found it in the woods, the report said.

He "advised he knew it was wrong to take the rail," the report states.

Supel was arrested Thursday and charged with grand theft. He was released from the Pasco County jail Friday on $2,000 bail.

Supel said he has five children, is paying his way through school and was only collecting scrap metal to make ends meet. He can't afford an attorney, but will tell his story to a judge, he said.

"The bottom line is I never pried it off a sidewalk," Supel said. "I found it in the woods. It was sitting under debris, about 20 yards off into the woods. . .I'm not a thief."

Pasco man accused of stealing guardrail, selling for scrap 01/14/11 [Last modified: Saturday, January 15, 2011 8:20pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Video: Trump shoves fellow NATO leader aside on his first summit

    Nation

    President Donald Trump muscled himself to the front of the NATO pack during a photo opportunity in Brussels on Thursday, pushing aside the leader of soon-to-be member Montenegro.

    In this image taken from NATO TV, Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic, second right, appears to be pushed by U.S. President Donald Trump as they were given a tour of NATO's new headquarters after taking part in a group photo, during a NATO summit of heads of state and government in Brussels on Thursday. [NATO TV via AP]
  2. FBI probes fraudster's alleged church scam following Tampa Bay Times report

    Real Estate

    PLANT CITY — Once again, the FBI is investigating felon fraudster Victor Thomas Clavizzao.

    The FBI is investigating convicted mortgage fraudster Victor Thomas Clavizzao on new allegations following a Tampa Bay Times report.
[TImes file photo]

  3. See inside this Snell Isle home with an amazing chandelier and infinity pool

    Home and Garden

    When Elizabeth and David Samuelson started planning the house they built six years ago on Snell Isle, the couple envisioned a West Indies look with masonry stucco walls and a metal hip roof. As they moved forward, it evolved into something they describe as coastal contemporary.

    Elizabeth Samuelson and David Samuelson's at the entrance to their Snell Isle house which has numerous luxurious features yet is a comfortable home for a family of four. An infinity pool blends seamlessly from the terrace right into Tampa Bay. Doors surrounding the family room open and are then out of sight enabling the interior to seem more outside than inside. David designed and made a chandelier with hundreds of dangling, clear fish that hangs over the foyer.
  4. Appeals court deals blow to Trump administration travel ban

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court dealt another blow to President Donald Trump's revised travel ban targeting six-Muslim majority countries on Thursday, siding with groups that say the policy illegally targets Muslims.

    Donald Trump will likely appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. [Stephanie Lecocq/Pool via AP]
  5. Bucs suspended RB Doug Martin breaks his silence and says his drug problem is 'definitely behind me.'

    Blogs

    He would not talk about the drug he abused. He didn’t identify the rehab facility he entered last January or how long he was there.

    Doug Martin was contrite but optimistic about returning to the form he demonstrated as the NFL's second leading rusher two years ago.