SALISBURY - Two brothers are behind bars in Rowan County, accused of twice robbing and beating an elderly man inside of his business on Highway 29. On Wednesday that man was talking about the robberies and how his life has been forever changed.
Gerald Burkhart is playful with his customers. He loves people, and there's a reason for that.
"Last year I lost my wife and I'm trying to recover from the loneliness of that and keeping busy and active," Burkhart told WBTV. "I thought I had done well here until I came upon something I could not control."
What he couldn't control were those people who sought to take advantage of him for his age, or his hearing loss. On Friday Burkhart was robbed and roughed up a bit, according to the sheriff.