TROY, Vt. — Vermont State Police have arrested a 54-year-old man in connection with taking a cat from a home.

Mark Frady was charged with burglary and unlawful trespass. He pleaded not guilty Wednesday. A judge ordered a competency evaluation.

Police say Frady stole a cat named Boots from a family after saying he was looking for his cat, Mason. Police believe Frady is also behind the theft of two other pets in the area.

Police said Frady was found in the family’s home Saturday and was asked to leave. The family said they have security camera photos of Frady taking Boots.

Police said Frady returned twice. The family said they chased Frady out of their basement after finding him watching TV, drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes.

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