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. Andreas Moser

    Nein, nein, nein, nein!

    January 4, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Is this your first post where you weren't pimping some website?

      January 4, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. leeintulsa

    I'm glad no one was hurt. I heard he did all this after his mother got arrested for fraud and embezzlement, and likely returned to germany after *if* she lives through her time here.. And he's wanted in germany for burning their old house down?

    This is the dark side of cliff claven..

    January 4, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Lucky for folks in L.A that he got caught before lives were lost. The havoc he created is still horrendous.
    I am always scared of copy cats, no dearth of wackos here.

    January 4, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe'"

    Donald Trump...."YOUR FIRED !!!"

    January 4, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe'"

    The guys alibi will probably be..."how could I have done that, while outside watering the dog".

    January 4, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Ah, now *there*'s the leeintulsa we all know and love!!

    @Jeff Frank:
    He was out seeing a dog about a man?

    January 4, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bill

    Since this is only a crime against property, this guy will likely follow all the others in LA and be on the street with a monitor due to overcrowding. Besides, he's a German and we want to be politically correct to our visitors so we'll be sure he gets all the breaks.

    January 4, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    I mean, really...wouldn't the first, oh, say maybe, five fires been enough of a statement (whatever that statement was supposed to *be*?)

    Bill, you're likely right about the punishment, but cheezencrakers, this guy needs a bit of time to pause and reflect what he's done, and how lucky he is that is was only property that was damaged...

    January 4, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    I'm with Bill on this one.

    January 4, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tcr c2

    The devil, this guy is sick put him in a hospital in front of a lot of flammable things and let him drool for many years then release him with a frontal labotomy space his final frontier

    January 4, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. gung goe

    @ BILL SPILLED HIS MILK MOMMY GAVE YOU.IS IT THAT OR YOU NEED UR DIAPER CHANGED!!! And just who to HAELL ARE YOU TO TELL BANASY to go back to school!Perhaps you dont know it but she has more brains in her little toe than you would have if you had 10 of ur heads.Also banasy is the queen of these boards and especially you are not to disrespect her,you bow before the queen.YOU PIECE OF SEWAR SLIME!!

    January 4, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gung goe

    I say we stake him out in a field and light one of the fires hes famos for.That way he finds out what its like for the animals that burned to death in them fires that he likes to light!

    January 4, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. See There!

    So, it’s not just the hispanics that we need to keep an eye on huh? Now do you see how ridiculous these new laws targeted against hispanics and mexicans are? We should keep a general eye on our entire population. Hell, why not deport repeat offenders to guantanamo bay? We could then make room for immigrants who want to make better lives for themselves. Why not place limits on how much money made in the U.S. that can be sent to other countries by those who work here?

    What’s more WE SHOULD BE KEEPING OUR EYES ON THE CHINESE!! Hello dumb a*sses! They are the one’s who want to sink us so they can be the top nation in the world. Leave the mexicans and hispanics alone! They only want to work so they can eat! Ra*cists are so stupid they can only focus on minute unimportant details rather than what really is important.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. Bill

    Ok gung ho. I'm sorry. I got outta line. I'm sorry. Give my regards to the queen.

    January 5, 2012 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    Likely a troll.

    Who cares?

    Tongue in cheek humor is lost on some people.

    January 5, 2012 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
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