LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A male suspect has been arrested by authorities in connection to rash of fires set across LA and the San Fernando Valley, according to authorities.

Harry Burkhart, 24, was arrested around 3 a.m. Monday following a traffic stop on Sunset Boulevard near Fairfax Avenue in West Hollywood, officials said at a news conference Monday.

arson suspect Suspect Arrested In Connection To Rash Of Arsons

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Burkhart was driving a dark Dodge minivan with British Columbia license plates that matched the description of a vehicle possibly associated with the fires, police said.

“I didn’t see him up close . . . but it was definitely a male figure. There were other people who got up closer and took photos and stated how he was actually smiling at the cameras. That was just a very eerie feeling,” Sylvia de la Sancha told CBS2’s Louisa Hodge.

Authorities say “fire starting materials” were found in the minivan which police processed as evidence.

“I feel very good that we’ve got the right guy,” Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck said.”(The suspect) had the right stuff in his van, and we are very confident we found our man.”

arson victims3 Suspect Arrested In Connection To Rash Of Arsons

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Sources say Burkhart is of German descent and his mother may have been deported last week.

A total of 53 fires were set in the Los Angeles area from Dec. 30 through Jan. 2, according to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Officials estimate property damage to vehicles and structures to be about $2 million.

Authorities said the suspect has been seen at several of the locations where fires were started, including on a video that was released by police Sunday night.

Comments (40)
  1. Robert Gone says:

    He’s a Russian national moron.

    1. Uhoh says:

      Actually he’s a German moron.

    2. alter says:

      Hey Robert the Russian mafia is after you. I hope they find and torture you.

    3. justice not lies says:

      the last name is BURKHART, THAT’S NOT GERMAN YOU D(_)MB F***K. IT’S SCOTTISH.

      btw the guy is from canada and what about all the other copycats????

  2. John Ashton says:

    Lets eradicate racism, bigotry and ignorance in 2012.

    1. Travis Bickle says:

      LET’S NOT.

  3. LA7 says:

    Just because it’s in West Hollywood, doesn’t mean he’s Russian. He looks more like a beanie

    1. Woods says:

      a jumping beanie and still wet. lolololololol

  4. Im White Also says:

    Life without the possibility of parole for this white trailer trash

    1. huorhghu says:

      Why? mexicans get less than that.

  5. alfred beilin says:

    hello all the best have a gud new year

  6. John Baumgartner says:

    Don’t you look like a babooze now, Frank?

  7. LADriver says:

    The report says he’s German. And his mother had been deported. (That’s the great loss that triggered his rage). Another report quotes him as saying, “I hate America.” (ABC). Plus he’s an outsider with British Columbia plates. White guy. White rage. Mexicans loved this city. They own it. They have no motive to destroy their home.

    1. Vibrani Nora Amrani says:

      Are you really that ignorant? The majority of crimes in Los Angeles are done by Latinos. It’s a fact. What do you call the drug wars? Not destroying their home?

      1. Woods says:


      2. only one guy caught so far is not enough says:

        Looks like a mexican with a white last name. there ARE a lot of them in l.a. actually.

        doesn’t look like an evil blonde haired german, like some f@gs tried to say. BUT THE BIG QUESTION, WHERE ARE THE COPYCATS??? WHY WEREN;T THEY CAUGHT?

  8. USC Trojan Girl says:

    If its not school shootings its setting fires. What is it with you moronic white males? Did you men fail to become professional athletes and this is your way of venting? No wonder the rest of the world view Americans as stupid…lol

    1. Carlos says:

      LOL – very true trojan girl that’s exacty what happens. School shootings, setting fires and talking trash about minorities is the most therapeutic way for white males to bounce back from depression and anxiety 🙂

      1. NYU1232 says:

        I am sure that USC is proud, and Carlos what about you CSLA?

      2. Beach breaker says:

        LOFL You keep thinking that dumb sp!c. Then take a look at the majority of criminals in the l.a. prison system. All worthless ghetto tr@sh b3aners in their.

        case closed

    2. alter says:

      carlos and “trojan girl wannabe” are racist i d i o t s.

      1. electro babe says:

        She doesn’t even go to a 4 year school. Have pity on her inane jr college l0ser @ss.

  9. Terry Berg says:

    They own LA all right – by virtue of violent gangs that routinely kill each other’s members and innocent men, women, and children. Their culture of of mayhem has taken over Mexico and sadly is washing over our country like a tidal wave!

  10. Simon De Lao says:

    He looks Armenian

  11. alter says:

    Fight On SC!!! w/o posers.

  12. uhoh says:

    I guess his mom will never see him again.

  13. ray says:

    Enough about the OVERPAID la firefighters already. I dont think your really a hero if u get paid a high salary to put out fires.IT IS YOUR JOB!!!!So please stop patting yourselves on the back.

    1. Marcos says:

      I don’t care if he is from Germany. Let’s evict all the white invaders from this country.

    2. The Truth about the LAFD says:

      I work for the LAFD and I have to agree with you. We have the most egotistical firemen on the planet and they are the worst EMTs.

  14. Stella says:

    It makes no sense to say you hate the US while fighting to not be deported.

  15. Woods says:

    Just one news not involving mexican criminal DOES NOT justify for ALL THE CRIMES and SEXUAL CRIMES mexicans have committed every now and then. Jolla amigo~~~ wanna get away in clean title?

  16. Diane Garinger says:

    Was this man employed in the US, did he have neighbors who knew him and was he an illegal?

  17. Woods says:

    Isn’t it just funny that the WB dreamed about eliminating white race out of the homeland America while the majority of WB are being fed by the tax money from white. So, that said, the WB would rather put up with hunger than meeting the white Americans. It’s ok, they don’t understand this logic anyway…

  18. nobber says:

    Prisons 20 % White, 80 % Black. Put the notch back up

  19. JS says:

    You can tell when it’s a white guy because of the unusual nature of the crime. One guy out doing something you don’t hear about every day… Crimes associated with nonwhites involve par for the course in those neighborhoods type stuff, the same old same old.

  20. zed says:

    His mom needed a Russian interpreter at her deportation / extradition hearing
    Germany wants her back for failing to pay for her boob job
    Hes her offspring, but a german national.
    He was here legally
    She was illegal, running a massage service

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