Court: Man accused of harassing local family, stealing cat, not competent to face charges

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NEWPORT — The man charged with entering a Troy family’s home multiple times and stealing a cat, was found not competent to face charges.

Mark Frady of North Troy was in court on Monday where both the public defender and the State’s Attorney agreed that the 54-year-old man was incompetent to stand trial.

Frady earlier pleaded not guilty to felony charges of unlawful trespass and burglary.

Police say back in January, Frady entered a local family’s home looking for a cat he claimed was his. The family’s teen-aged daughter told police that he eventually left, but he was caught later on a surveillance camera walking away with the family’s cat.

Vermont State Police were called again on February 1, after he had entered the family’s locked home while everyone was asleep.

A family member told police she woke up to a male named Mark sitting in her basement, talking to himself while eating a lollipop, drinking coffee and smoking marijuana.

Witnesses told police they recognized the man as Mark, who used to live down the street from them.

If Frady makes bail, he will have to obey a 24-hour curfew, as well as stay away from the family in Troy he is accused of harassing.