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Boat owners catch intruder drinking beer, eating food

Eric Pfaltzgraff.

Suffolk District Attorney’s Office

Eric Pfaltzgraff.

A Boston couple returned to their sailboat early Sunday to find a stranger on board 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.

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Pfaltzgraff, whose birthday was Monday, claimed a post office box as an address and is believed to be homeless, prosecutors said.

The boat owners returned to their vessel, 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.

Pfaltzgraff was 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 catalina.gaitan @globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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