July 8, 2014
An Amherst man convicted of breaking into dozens of homes all over Central Virginia in late 2012 got sentenced Tuesday afternoon to thirty additional years behind bars.
Kevin Burchardt's sentencing on Tuesday was only for his crimes in Albemarle County. He has already been sentenced to 88 years for burglaries in Fluvanna and Nelson counties. In total, authorities say he committed thefts in 19 cities and towns.
One of Burchardt's victims, though, says the sentence is not enough.
"He took all of my jewelry," said Vickie Walker. "He took several thousands of dollars. Silver dollars that my grandfather had given me when I was ten years old. My dad's engagement ring that he gave to my mom."
In court on Tuesday, Burchardt apologized, saying he would "give anything to give back what (he) stole."
But Walker says he has not given her back many of the treasures he stole from her home.
"He just got so much stuff that just is not replaceable," Walker said.
In court, Burchardt said he was "grateful no one was physically hurt in this ordeal," and at one point, he called himself "a gentle giant."
"When he referred to himself as a 'gentle giant,' my first response was, you know what? You weren't a gentle giant when you charged out of my house holding a 9 mm pistol," Walker said.
Burchardt, who stands six feet, eight inches, was also dressed as a police officer when he pointed a gun at Walker's husband during the break-in. Burchardt claimed he committed the crimes because he is bipolar and was not taking his medications.
"I have utterly ruined my life because I refused to take my prescription," he said.
But Walker doesn't believe that explanation.
"I don't think bipolar allows you to premeditate any of these burglaries."