DENVER -- Denver resident Matthew Burchette is a World War II re-enactor, “These are reproduction Marine Corps what they call boondockers …” as he describes a pair of boots.
On September 9, 2015, Burchette’s modest Denver bungalow was broken into. “There’s glass all over the floors. There’s nails and everything and I’m thinking, great, is this guy still in the house?”
The answer was no. and neither were Burchette's heirloom watches, jewelry and cash. Also stolen was a modern made 1911 .45 caliber pistol made to look like the original. It’s valued at around $500.
Against all odds, Burchette’s pistol was found in a field in Adams County. It was turned in to the Adams County Sheriff’s Department.
They contacted the Denver Police Department. Then, they did nothing, “And here it is March. So I’ve never gotten a call or any sort of contact with Adams County.” Said Burchette.
Burchette called a Deputy Berlinski with Adams County SO. Berlinski is the deputy assigned to his case.
Burchette called him 21 times with, “No return phone calls,” said Burchette.
FOX31 Denver Problem Solvers contacted the ACSO to find out why Detective Berlinski had not returned one of Burchette’s calls. Problem Solvers were told Deputy Berlinski had no recollection of Burchette ever calling.
Later that same day, Burchette got a surprising phone call from Deputy Berlinski himself. “The guy I’ve been trying to get a hold of for the past three weeks. Out of the blue, he calls me!” said Burchette.
Deputy Berlinski told Burchette that he just signed off on the pistol, and it will now be available for pickup, “Awesome. Best Friday ever!” said Burchette.AlertMe