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A Drink of Water and Quick Dip Lands Man Behind Bars

SPRING HILL – A $2.00 drink of water and a dip in a stranger’s pool landed a Spring Hill man behind bars Saturday, and he now faces a felony burglary charge.

According to a Sheriff’s Office report, 31-year-old Paul Allen Guptail “Stealthily” approached the back yard of a residence on Eldridge Road, where he turned on a garden spigot attached to the residence. Without permission Guptail drank approximately $2.00 worth of water, according to the home owner.

No longer thirsty, Guptail entered a screened pool enclosure attached to the home and went for a quick swim.

After Guptail finished freshening up, he left the residence on foot but was apprehended by deputies a short distance away.

Guptail is charged with one count of Burglary and remains behind bars, held on a $5,000 bond.

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  • Ok I imagine that I would be pissed if someone did this to me. Not so much the hose but the dip in my pool thing.. i think he should be charged with tresspassing. that probably wouldve have been the charge had there not been a screen enclosure that he had to enter to get to the pool. If he had attempted to break in the home it more than likely would have said so. Also if he had been proven by the police to be intoxicated by anything at the time, the article wouldve mentioned that detail bc it wouldve been in The police report. they dont want to give information that is not FACT to the best of their knowledge. and all those sweeping generalizations about the guy being a “crackhead” etc. Youre entitles by all means to your opinion however i know plenty of ADDICTS who wouldnt have done this on their worst day. No need for the sweeping generalizations. There are people who have mental illness. Like someone said, spring hill is full of “junkies” but how many do you hear about drinking from your hose and swimming in your pool? You hear about them robbing people, breaking in houses. maybe the guy aint right in the head possibly bc of drugs or mental trauma. i.e. not all addicts have done these things. People need to get off their fg pedastals and realize addicts come from all walks of life. Rich and poor. I know addicts that can buy all of your properties and pools. the homeowner made it a point to bring up the two bucks in water so clearly that and the dip were the worst things the guy did otherwise he wouldve said so if hes that specific about the two dollars.Trespass the guy but and shut the f*** up about it.

    Tuesday, 15 September 2015, 12:20 am
  • Lmao “$2.00” with of water from outside? Come on people. I get the whole feeling violated aspect but a whopping $2.00?

    Monday, 14 September 2015, 8:56 pm
  • Peter B,,, please read my earlier reply,,,,, would you leave your address so the ‘ no harm’ whackos know where to go? They need some water, maybe some clothes….if you are willing to help, please do, so it will keep the cracks heads off our property… Thanks!

    Monday, 14 September 2015, 12:11 am
  • Anybody who would stick up for or condone this junkies actions are sad. Go jump in a lake and take him with you

    Sunday, 13 September 2015, 10:28 pm
  • what would they have done if he didn’t try to run and told them that he was (unknowingly) standing in a fire ant hill and he panicked and jumped in the pool trying to rid himself of ants. and the looking in the house was just in hope to see someone that could possibly help him. guess not, he should of s**t in the pool while he was at it. unlawful bowel movement. OK lets go trash the next one.

    Sunday, 13 September 2015, 8:06 pm
  • If this guy was on my property and thirsty I would have allowed him to use as much water he wanted. How much water can one person drink? Better yet, I would have given him a nice cold bottle of water. How the hell does that homeowner know how much water this guy used? Did the owner read the Meter before the guy started drinking. That is a bit excessive. What is the minimum you can be arrested for? The home owner was most likely told the amount has to be $2.00 or more to be arrested. A smart Judge should seriously consider this. Trespassing yea, OK big deal. He didn’t harm anyone.

    Sunday, 13 September 2015, 3:42 pm
  • I hope he peed in the pool!!!

    Sunday, 13 September 2015, 7:22 am
  • Explains you being here Tony

    Saturday, 12 September 2015, 8:44 pm
  • You totally can tell this scum bag was on drugs! Had to have been to break into someones pool in the brawd daylight!! I have known all 3 for many of years they all claim their clean meanwhile they are not! everytime i see one of them their eyes eaither look like they are about to pop out their head or look like they are about to fall asleep! Get it togeather and stay out of other peoples things and off their property! Maby if you wasnt another springhill junkie you might could have your own property and pool!

    Saturday, 12 September 2015, 7:21 pm
  • Our attorney’s and judges LOVE it here, stable income for life, all on the taxpayer.

    Saturday, 12 September 2015, 4:41 pm
  • No wonder HCSO and the courts have no money….a couple of thousand to prosecute a ten dollar case….FOOLS!!!!!!….LOL..

    Saturday, 12 September 2015, 3:55 pm
  • I don’t think anyone is crying for him. We just don’t feel like housing him any longer than necessary on our dime. They really need a fensed in community for outcasts from Spring Hill. Give them the stuff to make their meth and shovels to bury the overdoses.

    Saturday, 12 September 2015, 8:54 am
  • So, everyone is upset because there no possible way he drank two dollars worth of water,,,, no problem,,, let him have the water. For those of you who were upset that the sheriff would charge him for the theft of that water,,and for the undocumented swimming ( kinda like looting is undocumented shopping) ,, I say, print your address here in the comment section, so all the crack heads know where to go to get free crap, including use of your pool. If you don’t mind, crack heads sometimes like to have clean clothes, please leave your laundry room open so that can get their clothes washed. While you are at it, leave them a sandwich, cause all that running around breaking into stuff is hard work, they get hungry too. Maybe this guy and our county commissioner can reform a prostitute together! Now,,, for all of you that are going to comment,,,” the article didn’t say anything about him being on drugs” ,,,,,, well then ,,you you need to wake up and realize he wasn’t there for the quality Florida swimming experience. Hopefully, next time it will be your house. I am glad the dufus was arrested!!

    Saturday, 12 September 2015, 6:43 am
  • Really????
    Let me get this straight, how would YOU like it if YOU were enjoying the peace and quiet of YOUR own home and all of a sudden YOU hear a loud splash and YOU look out and see some random guy (looking like he is obviously on something) swimming in YOUR pool???? It absolutely does not matter how much of YOUR water he drank…… the point of the matter is he is trespassing on YOUR property. YOU do not know this guy or what he is capable of doing to You or Your family!
    I am totally amazed that many are ragging on the homeowner and others are saying it is hot outside he should not be charged???????
    WOW………….Amazing!!

    Saturday, 12 September 2015, 1:27 am
  • Btw , this piece of s**t was all pilled out at the time. Just another spring hill junkie taking what isn’t theirs. To bad the home owner didn’t find him entering into his pool area all jacked up and filled his a** with hollow points. Go ahead and cry for this s**t bag until someone violates your home and property.

    Friday, 11 September 2015, 11:54 pm
  • This guy did less than the guy who came running in my house and refusing to leave but he got charged with a lot more. I’m not saying this guy shouldn’t be charged with anything. I’m just shocked how someone who drank water and when swimming is charged with more than a guy who came in my house, refused to leave and then hid in my neighbors shed

    Friday, 11 September 2015, 1:55 pm
  • Looks Like all the NUT JOBS are here in Spring Hill.

    Friday, 11 September 2015, 1:51 pm
  • after drinking that much water he probably pee’d in the pool while he was their

    Friday, 11 September 2015, 12:51 pm
    • In that case he can show he didn’t steal the water. He only used it.

      Friday, 11 September 2015, 1:51 pm
  • It would have only been unlawful entry if he’d just peed in the pool.

    Friday, 11 September 2015, 11:55 am
  • Ford dealer ship as well

    Friday, 11 September 2015, 10:11 am
  • Ohh shit i used a spigot at an cvs and a cracker barrel!!!!!

    Friday, 11 September 2015, 10:10 am
  • I can’t imagine anyone seeing a 30 something guy wandering around your neighborhood looking in peoples houses and going into someones yard and looking in the windows, letting themselves into their lanai and you would be ok with that, no only ok with it but invite him into your air conditioning. The comments are crazy on here

    Friday, 11 September 2015, 8:22 am
  • The homeowner was not home. an alert neighbor saw this guy wandering around the neighborhood looking around peoples houses. The neighbor called the cops. The neighbor watched him try the windows ripping the screen. The neighbor saw him drink from the hose then take off his shirt. The neighbor watched as he took his pants off and got in the pool. He got out of the pool and started looking in the house. He put his pants back on but not his shirt. He heard the cops and tried to run away. The cops stopped him in front of my house. They searched him and took a spoon out of one pocket and something glass out of his other pocket. The cops arrested him. The home owner did not get home until late that nite and got a call from the cops telling him what had happened. He did not say $2 worth of water, he did not say anything, He was not even there. And to those of you who were mad at the home owner, yuo see who this guy is feel free to invite him into your home as much as you like

    Friday, 11 September 2015, 8:18 am
  • the officer needed to include a value for the water in order to have PC for burglary; otherwise, it would have been trespassing. any prosecutor with half a brain will reduce the charge.

    Friday, 11 September 2015, 8:03 am
  • The vermin was wrong on both items, but the home owner was on the point of $2.00 worth of water as well. It may…if it goes that far, toss the thing out of court. Home owner must have watched the dude too? Might it possibly backfire and home owner get charged with filing a false report…$2.00? Maybe even changed with lying to a LEO?
    My big question here…did the guy go skinny dipping? Take a dip in his tightie whities? Or jump in fully clothed?

    Friday, 11 September 2015, 5:42 am
  • I’m guilty of the water from a garden hose w/ children on hot walk! woops bad GIRL I AM!!!!!!!!

    Friday, 11 September 2015, 5:26 am
  • FOOD FOR THOUGHT!!! HUM Wonder if he peed in the pool? Might add to the charge and up the Annie,,,,lol

    Friday, 11 September 2015, 5:22 am
  • getting a drink of water is one thing going into a pool that a person has no right to is another and uncalled for and this town is full of scum that get away with alot more than what is going on here was he wrong yes like said above in other cases not a damn thing was done

    Friday, 11 September 2015, 3:11 am
  • I want ALL of these criminals LOCKED UP!!
    The problem is the revolving doors in our LAWS
    that gives the go ahead to commit MORE CRIMES
    before they even go to court on their first crime!!!!

    As I’ve said in other comments
    on this page, he was still in the WRONG regardless.
    He was on private property WITHOUT PERMISSION!!

    I do NOT condone his actions!
    I also know this is NOT his first arrest and it
    WON’T be his last!!!

    Friday, 11 September 2015, 12:52 am
  • Matt i do same sh*t n ive had customers get realy ass hurt over rinsing off with there hose before leaving in ur clean vehicles its all bout if the person ignorant or not dudes oviously a liar talkin bout $2 of water n wheres the proof he was in guys pool?if he was wet prob from hose idiots cops so f****d up around here n people messed up

    Friday, 11 September 2015, 12:52 am
  • Dont know dude & dont care to but $2 Of water?Realy…..Sounds to me the guy showered with the guys hose for few hours…Also If there was still decent people around here dude coulda came out and told him to leave or maybe offered the guy a glass of ice water…probably drowning in sweat anyways sh*ts brutal out there this is florida dude coulda felt like he was gunna heat stroke n needed water n to cool off or something…coulda always been another body in the street’s here in springhill.

    Friday, 11 September 2015, 12:45 am
  • Smh damn i better stop drinking from peoples spigots lmfao paul my nigga dont worry they arrested me for armed burglary at kangaroo and guy didnt even look nothing like me i work in landscaping i do same thing if i needed a drink sorry f***hcso and yall crazy

    Thursday, 10 September 2015, 11:07 pm
  • Know this man personally. There’s more to it than they are saying.. regardless, the guy needs help. He’s actually a really good person when he’s been off drugs.

    Thursday, 10 September 2015, 9:27 pm
  • Agree Jim wtf? What he did was wrong but that amount of bond druggies and neglecting parents don’t even get that much bond.

    Thursday, 10 September 2015, 9:11 pm
  • JUST FYI, he was charged with burglary(for breaking into the screened in pool), and Trespassing, not stealing water, so get over it.

    Thursday, 10 September 2015, 8:49 pm
    • FYI People – We already know THAT!!!
      Tell us something we DON’T KNOW!! smh

      Thursday, 10 September 2015, 10:08 pm
      • what is he your family member? very defensive, guess you don’t want him charged

        Thursday, 10 September 2015, 11:20 pm
  • That home owner must be on crack to claim he drank $2.00
    worth of water!!!

    Thursday, 10 September 2015, 8:48 pm
  • GUPTAIL AN HIS TWIN BROTHER HAVE A RECORD HE NEEDS A PLACE TO STAY TO GET OUT OF THE HEAT

    Thursday, 10 September 2015, 8:44 pm
  • Just something for yall get your facts straight before posting comments about others i know of one of them boys that has done a 180 and holds down a job and takes very good care of his kids and would do anything to help someone out people do change yes is past does not look good on paper but his past does not reflect the man he has become

    Thursday, 10 September 2015, 8:42 pm
    • Where does this comment end…………..Thank you for letting us know about his family………….

      Friday, 11 September 2015, 8:50 am
  • People, when someone enters your yard, uninvited , and treat themselves to water or whatever, it’s a crime. As far as the water: a dollar value has to be added to it for paperwork, and there is a minimal amount that has to be awarded to the theft, in this case it’s 2.00, because they can’t right .001, it’s just the way it is, Get over the amount, it doesn’t matter, it’s still THEFT and TRESSPASSING, be happy it was nothing more, and it wasn’t you at your house.

    Thursday, 10 September 2015, 8:34 pm
    • Be happy it wasn’t you – That would only be if he was charged with THEFT,
      BUT HE WAS NOT CHARGED WITH THEFT!!!!
      He was only charged with “trespassing” and “burglary”
      for going into the screened pool cage and swimming!

      He had NO right to even be on private property w/out permission,
      that IS trespassing, even if he didn’t take a dip in the pool.

      Thursday, 10 September 2015, 10:19 pm
      • Theft aka burglary, sorry for not being PC enough for you, and trespassing , burglary for breaking into the screen around the pool and trespassing for being in the yard, in NO am I defending him!, I was merely trying to get people to get off of this sip of water crap, I don’t think his bail is high enough, but I’m sure he’s home right now because of the lovely revolving door in the Hernando Court system for criminals

        Thursday, 10 September 2015, 11:16 pm
        • FYI, there is difference between theft and burglary.
          But either way, as I’ve said in other comments
          on this page, he was still in the WRONG regardless.
          He was on private property WITHOUT PERMISSION!!

          I do NOT condone his actions!
          I also know this is NOT his first arrest..

          Friday, 11 September 2015, 12:27 am
  • Tom Lemon – jail records show $500 for trespassing
    and $3,000 on the burglary.

    Thursday, 10 September 2015, 8:21 pm
      • the jail website often wrong? no way! lol

        Thursday, 10 September 2015, 9:19 pm
      • Tom Lemons – Did you ever get a response from HCSO
        that I asked you about, MILLARD, DAVID ALAN EDWARD???
        Arrested 9/8 with $150,000 bond ?:)

        And thank you for the info above.

        Thursday, 10 September 2015, 9:59 pm
        • BTW, I have also noticed a LOT of mistakes on the jail booking pages,
          time after time!

          Thursday, 10 September 2015, 10:01 pm
          • Thank you, Tom. 🙂

            Friday, 11 September 2015, 12:29 am
      • Tom, the bond information from the arrest affidavit is accurate for the first hours/day. However, if the accused does not bond out, he will be brought to first appearance, and the court will determine an appropriate bond. After first appearance, the bond amount that the officer wrote in the affidavit is meaningless. The jail website is 99.9% accurate on bond matters.

        Friday, 11 September 2015, 8:15 am
  • And he has a bail of 3500 dollars, are you kidding me , we have a junkie mother letting her kid wander the street in a crap fill diaper for a 2000 dollar bail and a father who lost his kid after drinking a 40 @ 7 am gets a 2000 g bail this guy takes a sip n dip and is still locked up on 3500 wtf people, outa control

    Thursday, 10 September 2015, 8:11 pm
  • Well it dose say according to the home owner he drank $2.00 worth of water…. So it’s obvious the home owner saw him drinking out of the hose. But come on $2.00 worth?? So the home owner should of kicked his ass out of his yard. But the man never should of went in his pool. And to hold the guy on $5000 bond for that is rediculas. It should of been misdermener trespassing at most. Just sayin

    Thursday, 10 September 2015, 8:08 pm
    • Sometimes your pervious rap sheet my dictate the amount of bond, I’m sure his was lengthy, and they are misdemeanors

      Thursday, 10 September 2015, 8:41 pm
  • Jason – Here is quote from homeowner:
    “$2.00 worth of water, according to the home owner.”

    Thursday, 10 September 2015, 8:07 pm
  • 2.00 worth of water? Seriously, my grandson accidentally left my spigot on overnight and my bill only increased about 6.00…wondering how thirsty he was….lol

    Thursday, 10 September 2015, 8:05 pm
  • This guy was just arrested last week for trespassing. He walks into people’s open garages.

    Thursday, 10 September 2015, 7:48 pm
  • All 3 of the brothers are whacked why dont you try taken care of your kids instead of breaking into someones pool!!! They all still run the roads and do drugs as if they was teenagers!! Sad just sad!

    Thursday, 10 September 2015, 7:42 pm
  • Should maybe get a trespassing charge, but burglary? A bit much.

    Thursday, 10 September 2015, 7:27 pm
  • All the guptails are a real piece of work from drugs to stealing now to breaking into someones pool!! Shit rain or shine they wouldnt be welcomed at my house! must still be on that serious dope to dive into someones pool!

    Thursday, 10 September 2015, 7:25 pm
  • Wow, what a bad guy. Maybe they’ll lock him up for life and through we away the key. Seriously? Hoa about catching someone who’s stealing something of value and not just someone who was thirsty.

    Thursday, 10 September 2015, 6:51 pm
  • Should have came to my house . I have a kiddie pool that my Doberman swims in daily . He would have been a tasty snack .

    Thursday, 10 September 2015, 6:50 pm
  • I do not understand how they can arrest this guy. Just give him a warning to stay off the property, but when a creepy guy was looking in my window and the cops caught him, what do you think they did? Nothing..

    Thursday, 10 September 2015, 6:39 pm
  • What the hell 91 outside and making a big deal on drink of water. That nice that you can look at yourself in the mirror. As far as the swim he was wrong. But enjoy you liquid gold water.

    Thursday, 10 September 2015, 6:23 pm
  • Seriously Kkkk

    Thursday, 10 September 2015, 6:14 pm
  • Oh please, no way he could’ve drank $2.00 worth of water!
    In my opinion, that is a huge exaggeration!!

    My whole monthly water bill is only $25., at most, and that includes trash removal.
    However, I do have septic, not sewage.

    Now the burglary is a whole different matter. You can’t just take it upon
    yourself to go swimming in someone’s pool without permission!!!!

    Thursday, 10 September 2015, 5:46 pm
  • $2? So this guy drank about 1,000 gallons of tap water?

    Thursday, 10 September 2015, 5:22 pm
  • Are u f*****g kidding me? I hope the home owner falls on hard times and on a scortching hot day a person does the same to them this is Florida and if you can’t find it in your heart to allow someone to drink from your out door faucet your a freaking low life. Now he should of stopped at that the trespassing in the pool was crossed the line . its Hernando county there’s plenty of watering holes

    Thursday, 10 September 2015, 5:04 pm
    • Judging from the wording, it doesn’t appear that the residents even knew about it. He was apprehended by deputies, so unless they called the cops before they even confronted the guy, I’m not sure it’s safe to assume they reported him.

      Thursday, 10 September 2015, 7:03 pm
      • They would of had to contact owners to find out if he had permission in order to charge him.

        Friday, 11 September 2015, 8:40 am
    • Maybe next time, let him in your house for the A/C, (it’s Florida and hot out), it’s still a crime, trespassing and theft, leave your front door open, I’m sure some thirsty guy will come in your house, because it’s ok with you. just add your address here, and I’m sure the visitation will start.

      Thursday, 10 September 2015, 8:22 pm
      • lol!

        Friday, 11 September 2015, 8:41 am
  • at the current rate for water charged by Hernando County Utilities I have to say that guy was really thirsty or that garden hose dispenses Aquafina. C’mon man. I’m not sticking up for the guy but the charge for the water is a little bit much.

    Thursday, 10 September 2015, 5:03 pm
    • AMEN!

      Thursday, 10 September 2015, 7:30 pm
    • Theft is theft, why are you hell bent on the cost?, maybe their is some law that a value has to be put on the amount of Theft, and the least they allow is 2$, Theft is a crime, be happy it wasn’t you

      Thursday, 10 September 2015, 8:17 pm
  • What nerve

    Thursday, 10 September 2015, 4:53 pm
  • Burglary of $2.00 worth of water?
    He must of drank a few gallons.

    Thursday, 10 September 2015, 4:36 pm
    • That’s what you get out of this story, not the burglary / trespassing / theft, your worried if the homeowner has his cost right?, your a frick’in maroon

      Thursday, 10 September 2015, 8:11 pm

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