January 4, 2013
Anthony and Mercedes Mercogliano walk us through the night they came home to a man leaving their house with thousands of dollars worth of personal items.
It was Christmas night and as they pulled into the driveway of their Fluvanna County home, they saw a man walking out of their house with a huge bag with him. Before they knew it, they were at gunpoint outside of their own home.
"I mean if someone pointed a gun at you, what do you do? He was pointing the gun at my head," Anthony and Mercedes Mercogliano explained as they stood behind a small barn shed in their backyard.
"We were hiding like this behind here while we were calling the police. you know and then we seen the car started making a u-turn right on the grass and then left," he said.
"She was scared, scared you know shaking. I said it's okay he's going, he's going, he's going."
When the police came, he described the man and showed them what he had done to their home. There was broken glass everywhere outside and inside, their home was turned upside down.
"Oh he made a mess in here. Clothing, bills, papers everywhere on the floor. He took a lot of stuff. He took my passport, he took her passport."
The couple says it's a private, safe, friendly neighborhood but on Monday they'll be installing caller ID for their house phone and an alarm system.
"It's a private place, I used to go out and leave the door open and not locked at all. I used to go to the store, and come home and nothing ever seemed like that before," Anthony said.
"Oh my God we were terrified. Especially my wife, now she locks the door, she puts the chair under the knob so that nobody can get in. She's very terrified. But me? When they caught the guy now, I'm okay no problem."
The police have arrested 32-year-old Kevin Burchardt who is suspected of a dozen burglaries. The Mercogliano's say they are incredibly relieved that he's behind bars and are hoping to move forward.