Kevin Scott Burchardt, 32, of Amherst is behind bars Wednesday after being arrested on 12 felony charges in Fluvanna County.
Burchardt stands accused of a number of home burglaries, and is now a suspect in several other areas. He is charged with breaking and entering and grand larceny, but Burchardt may also be facing abduction charges.
The abduction charge has yet to be finalized, but the commonwealth's attorney expects to file it following one burglary turned home invasion.
Fluvanna County investigators say they have been working with several other jurisdictions for months to find Burchardt. Finally, a tip led them to Wintergreen Resort and officers there made an arrest.
"We don't have a numerical value for how much property is being recovered, I will say it's quite large," Lieutenant Todd Hopwood of the Albemarle County Police Department.
Three search warrants in the town of Amherst led police to a large amount of stolen property, some of which they discovered in storage units. Police say Burchardt had been breaking into homes using the back door and taking jewelry, electronics and firearms.
Investigators say he also posed as a fed- ex worker and called homes ahead of time to make sure no one was inside. "He used every technique that criminals try to utilize to identify if someone's home or not home, as well as try to determine whether or not there was any good at the residences," said Sheriff Ryant Washington of Fluvanna County.
Police say during one burglary, a couple came home to Burchardt inside their house, and that's when Burchardt took the two at gunpoint to a different area of the residence until he left.
"The fact that he escorted, to use that term loosely, two individuals at gunpoint to a different building so he could escape breaking and entering where he was confronted that would constitute abduction as far as the laws in the commonwealth go," said Commonwealth's Attorney of Fluvanna County Jeff Haislip.
Burchardt is still under investigation for other break-ins in Albemarle County and other areas. Burchardt is being held at the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail until a bond hearing can be held. Because of the large amount of goods stolen, police say it may take several weeks to sort out all the details but they hope to get the items returned to the rightful owners.
Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office MEDIA RELEASE
On 12/31/2012, Kevin Scott Burchardt, age 32 of the Town of Amherst, was arrested on 12 felony charges obtained by Fluvanna County Sheriff's Investigators in relation to a series of nighttime residential burglaries that occurred in Fluvanna County between 12/25/2012 and 12/27/2012.
The arrest was affected by the Wintergreen Police Department after Fluvanna Investigators tracked Burchardt to the resort community on 12/ 31/2012. Investigators with the Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office, along with Detectives from Albemarle County Police Department and Officers with the Town of Amherst Police Department also executed three search warrants in the Town of Amherst and recovered a very vast amount of stolen property.
Burchardt is being held at the Albemarle County Regional Jail without bond. Burchardt is suspected of several burglaries in the central Virginia region and additional charges are pending in both Fluvanna and other jurisdictions. Fluvanna Investigators are working with other area law enforcement agencies to help track the property to offenses that occurred in other jurisdictions.
Due to the large amount of property recovered, this is expected to take several weeks. Once the property has been accounted for, the information will be forwarded to the appropriate law enforcement agency and that agency will contact the victim.
Due to the vast of amount property and the time required, the Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office asks that non-Fluvanna residents contact their local law enforcement agency directly.