A suspect arrested at one of the Commercial Street marinas shortly after midnight on Sunday made himself comfortable inside a couple’s boat. Eric Pfaltzgraff, 39 years old, was found “sitting on their couch eating their cake and smoking a cigar with several beer cans lined up on their coffee table,” according to a Suffolk District Attorney release. He was also wearing the man’s Rolex watch and impersonated a police officer when confronted by showing a badge, according to the report.

A judge today ordered a three week psych evaluation and a $5,000 fine. Four years ago, Pfaltzgraff was previously charged with breaking & entering a boat at Commercial Wharf.


North End Boat-Break Suspect Sent for Evaluation

BOSTON, April 7, 2014 – A man with no fixed residence was sent for a mental health evaluation today at his arraignment for allegedly breaking into a Boston couple’s boat and claiming to be a member of the Harbor Patrol when they returned to find him on board early Sunday morning, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Eric Pfaltzgraff

ERIC PFALTZGRAFF (D.O.B. 4/7/75), who claimed a post office box as his address, was arraigned on charges of breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony, larceny over $250, and impersonating a police officer. Boston Municipal Court Judge Thomas Horgan imposed $5,000 and ordered a three-week evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital.

The victims returned to their sailboat, docked off of Commercial Street, just after midnight on Sunday morning to find its door broken and slightly ajar. Once inside, they allegedly found Pfaltzgraff sitting on their couch eating their cake and smoking a cigar with several beer cans lined up on their coffee table. The victims reported that he was wearing the male victim’s Rolex watch at the time, but later returned it.

When confronted, Pfaltzgraff allegedly stated that he owned the boat – and produced what he claimed were receipts to prove it. The receipts were unclear as to authenticity. Pfaltzgraff also allegedly claimed to work for the Boston Police Harbor Patrol, displaying a “Special Police” badge and baton that Boston Police seized as evidence when they took him into custody.

Pfaltzgraff was represented today by attorney Pat Murphy. He will return to court on April 28.


All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


  1. This is the single strangest incident that I’ve ever experienced as a liveaboard – and that’s saying a lot! The ‘receipts’, which the suspect said made it official, were taped to the inside of the cockpit windows with band-aids and stated the location as “lat 0 / long 0”. Even misspelled “Triumph” (“trumph”). Local police were great and treated both us (the boat owners) and the suspect with professionalism and respect.

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