Los Angeles Arson Suspect Arrested

January 3, 2012

Los Angeles police booked a 24-year-old man on suspicion of arson after an L.A. County sheriff’s deputy detained him in connection with a string of more than 50 fires, the Los Angeles Times is reporting.

Booking records identified the man as Harry Burkhart, a Hollywood area resident. He is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail at the Inmate Reception Center in downtown L.A., according to a Times story.

No new incidents of arson believed to be related to the string of fires have been reported in the L.A. area since the arrest.

The Washington Post is reporting Burkhart was identified as a suspect in the Los Angeles arsons because his mother was the subject of a provisional arrest request by Germany, and authorities learned about him while working on the mother’s case and recognized him in security video of the arson suspect.

Over the weekend police distributed DVDs featuring footage of the person of interest, a white man between 20 and 30 years old with a receding hairline and a shoulder-length ponytail.

Early Monday, firefighters battled 12 suspected arson fires at carports and garages.

Moore said authorities believe the fires were connected to the earlier blazes, which now stand at 55.

The outbreak of arson fires has left a trail of smoldering debris in Hollywood, West Hollywood, North Hollywood and the Fairfax district of Los Angeles since Thursday.

Most of those fires were set in parked cars. In several cases, flames have jumped to carports and apartment units.

There have been no injuries.

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