09 January 2013
An Amherst man has been arrested in connection with a series of nighttime home burglaries in Fluvanna County which in one case led to an armed confrontation with the homeowners.
Kevin Scott Burchardt, 32, of the town of Amherst, was arrested on Dec. 31 on 12 felony charges relating to the burglaries, according to Fluvanna Sheriff Ryant Washington.
Washington said Burchardt was arrested without incident at the Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County where he was enjoying a weekend retreat. Authorities said Burchardt worked as a disc jockey.
Washington, speaking at a press conference held Wednesday (Jan. 2) said the burglar targeted rural homes in Fluvanna and would sometimes telephone a house or stop by on a pretense to determine if the homeowners were gone. The burglar would then gain entry by breaking down the door or forcing a window.
The burglar, at one point, was leaving a home when he confronted the returning homeowners, said Washington. The burglar brandished a weapon and forced the couple into an outbuilding and then fled the scene. Witnesses described him as being about 6 feet, 8 inches tall.
Burchardt is charged with breaking into five homes in Fluvanna, Washington said.
“He did a tremendous amount of damage to the county in inducing fear,” said Washington. “We’re trying to sort through the property and get it back to the rightful owner.”
Fluvanna County Commonwealth’s Attorney Jeff Haislip said the determination that the burglar was carrying a gun “raised the level of danger. He was armed. That was a very dangerous situation.”
Thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, electronics and guns were taken in the burglaries most of which occurred between Christmas and Dec. 27. Much of the stolen goods were recovered in Amherst, said Washington.
Burchardt, who is being held without bond at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Jail, is also a “person of interest” in burglaries and a home invasion in Albemarle County, said Lt. Todd Hopwood of the Albemarle County Police Department.
Additional charges are pending in Fluvanna, Albemarle and other jurisdictions, said Washington.