A Boston couple received quite a shock after returning to their sailboat early Sunday morning to find a stranger onboard eating their food, drinking their beer, and smoking their cigars, prosecutors said.
Eric Pfaltzgraff , 39, pleaded not guilty in Boston Municipal Court Monday to charges of breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony, larceny over $250, and impersonating a police officer, according to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office.
Pfaltzgraff, who claimed a post office box as an address, is believed to be homeless, prosecutors said.
The boat owners returned to their boat, which they had docked off Commercial Street, just after midnight Sunday to discover Pfaltzgraff on board. He was allegedly wearing one owner’s Rolex watch while eating and puffing on a cigar. When confronted, Pfaltzgraff allegedly claimed to work for the Boston police harbor patrol.
Pfaltzgraff returned the watch “before the real Boston police took him into custody,’’ Conley’s office said in the statement.
At his arraignment, Pfaltzgraff was sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for a mental health evaluation. He is being held on $5,000 cash bail and was ordered to return to court on April 18, according to Conley’s office.Globe Correspondent Jacqueline Tempera contributed to this report. Catalina Gaitan can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.