January 3, 2013
It's something David Kirby never thought he'd ever experience after 17 years in the same house and neighborhood in Fluvanna County. His family was one of many victims in a rash of home burglaries last week and he tells CBS19 his story.
Kirby remembers the very early morning hours of December 27th when his home was broken in to after an unknown local phone number called his residence 44 times.
"He called first at 8:52 p.m. we ignored it we didn't recognize the number on the caller ID, then called again at 8:54 p.m.," Kirby explained.
"My family, we all watched a little TV, went to bed. Then around 12:30 a.m., my 15-year-old daughter came and woke me up saying someone's been ringing the doorbell, the phone is ringing and it sounds like they're trying to get in the back door."
"I checked the caller ID and it was the same number that had called three and a half hours ago at 9 o'clock," he said.
He said he only saw the silhouette of a car in their driveway but as he went to get a flashlight, he and his daughter heard someone trying to get into the back door to their garage.
"We stepped out of the door far enough to see that the back door was opening but not far enough to see the person," Kirby said.
"We have bicycles, beach umbrellas and things piled up by the door and he was just pushing that stuff over like it was nothing. So once we realized that we went back inside. And I hollered I said, 'What are you doing! I called 911, the police are on the way," he said he yelled into the garage.
"I just shut the door, locked it, turned around and called the police. I looked out the front door and he was spinning out through the front yard and drove away," Kirby said.
"You just never think it's gonna happen to you and I told people the next day, you hear people say they feel violated well, I know exactly what they mean now."
After police arrested 32-year-old Kevin Burchardt on Wednesday, who is suspected of several home burglaries, Kirby said his family was able to sleep at ease for the first night since Christmas.