January 4th, 2012
06:16 PM ET

Los Angeles arson suspect charged with 37 counts

A German man arrested in Los Angeles early Monday after a string of 52 fires - mostly in parked cars - was charged Wednesday with 37 counts of arson, prosecutors said.

Harry Burkhart, 24, was due to appear in a Los Angeles court Wednesday in connection with one of the worst arson sprees in the city's history.

"After reviewing the available evidence, we filed 28 counts of arson of property and nine counts of arson of an inhabited structure," Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley said in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon. "The current charges relate to arson fires at 12 locations in Hollywood, West Hollywood and Sherman Oaks between December 30 and January 2."

No one was hurt in the fires, but property damage costs are likely to reach $3 million, authorities said. Burkhart is also under investigation for arson and fraud in his home country, a prosecution official in Germany said.

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  1. banasy©

    @gung hoe:
    Um, thanks for the defense, but I'm not the queen of the boards...that's laying it on a bit thick, doncha think? 😉

    January 5, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. Chitown Wendy

    What's a plezzzzzzz?

    January 5, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. jayjay

    Both are chechens, not Germans, they russian criminals and are moslems, cnn at least keep up with la times for petes sake

    January 6, 2012 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |
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